All 88 councils in England, Wales and Scotland have declared their final results and at latest count the Conservatives have a net gain of 558 councillors, Labour are down 320 and the Lib Dems down 37.
Because having talked to many Labour candidates tonight after the party's near rout in the local elections, their cunning plan to keep their seats is to hide from Jeremy Corbyn's national campaign, stay in their constituencies and fight on purely local issues. Goodwin, an expert on right-wing movements in Britain, said the early results had also confirmed his forecast that UKIP was "braced for a crash-landing" as many traditional Conservative voters who supported UKIP in recent elections are moving back.
The left-wing Labour Party, led nationally by Jeremy Corbyn, saw its share of the vote fall in England, Scotland and Wales as it lost 382 seats and lost control of seven councils to retain just nine councils.
But the results were widely seen as vindication both for her tough line on Brexit - threatening to walk away from talks with the remaining European Union if she can not get a good deal - as well as her decision to call a snap election.
The Liberal Democrat results have been mixed, with some gains and some losses.
He said: "What we've got to do is be much more effective in cutting through, over this next five weeks, that's our challenge isn't it?"
Ukip suffered a near- wipeout, gaining just one councillor and losing in almost all the wards it was defending.
In a highly symbolic victory, Conservative Ben Houchen became the first elected mayor of Tees Valley, in Labour's north-eastern heartland, beating Labour's Sue Jeffrey by more than 2,000 votes in the second round of counting.
'We know this is no small task, it is a challenge on an historic scale.
She will no doubt caution against complacency but the Conservatives look on track to hugely increase their majority on June 8.
With numerous results now in, the Conservatives have the most reason to be cheerful: They've gained several hundred seats, as well as a shock mayoral win in Labour's North East heartland.
"The indications from the local elections are that Ukip is losing all of its councillors and it's the Conservatives that are making the gains on the basis of that collapse". The party even lost control of the city council in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city and once the staunchest of Labour strongholds.
That would mirror a trend predicted in polls for next month's election showing the Conservatives becoming the party of choice for those who reject Scottish independence. However, the Liberal Democrats's disappointing performance in some other parts of England will cheer Conservatives and alarm Labour.
"The reality is that today, despite the evident will of the British people, we have bureaucrats in Europe who are questioning our resolve to get the right deal".