Making it count - the Conservatives miss out on power
What a night!
Blearly-eyed I left the John Charles Sports centre in South Leeds at 6am on Friday morning.
The fate of eight West Yorkshire constituencies had been decided in what had been converted to a giant counting hall.
It was the biggest single count in the North of England. In fact only Birmingham was bigger with 10 counts taking place under one roof.
This was make-or-break time for the Conservatives.
Going into this election the party did not hold a single one of the eight seats in Leeds.
The only break in the solidly red political map was a splash of yellow where Greg Mulholland had snatched Leeds North West from under the noses of Labour and Conservatives in 2005.
By the end of the night a couple of splashes of blue had been added.
For a parliamentary majority the party needed a national swing that should have taken at least two or three more West Yorkshire seats.
The biggest target of the night in Leeds slipped out of Conservative sights.
Ed Balls strode into the counting hall at 3.30 am not knowing whether he would walk out of it as an MP.
It took another nail-biting hour for a glitch in the counting to be sorted out before he knew.
In that time his Conservative opponent in the new seat of Morley and Outwood, Antony Calvert, confided that any outward appearance of calm he was exhibiting was pure show.
By 4.50am a much more confident-looking Ed Balls was making his acceptance speech.
It was a close run thing.
His majority was a mere 1,101 in a ballot where almost 50,000 votes had been cast.
Meanwhile, down the road in Dewsbury, neighbouring Labour Minister Shahid Malik was under even more pressure.
By 6am he had been voted out of his Dewsbury seat.
As for the Liberal Democrats?
Well, they did better in West Yorkshire than in most other parts of the region or the country.
At my count Greg Mulholland quadrupled the slender 1,800 majority he had been defending in Leeds North West.
Then at 7am came the news that the Liberal Democrats had taken Bradford East. A late result but a welcome one for a party that had been feeling the "Clegg bubble" slowly deflating all night.
That was an amazing finale to weeks of gruelling campaigning. Our election news crews spread out across seven different locations on the night filmed a huge amount of material. Much of it will never see the light of day.
The Politics Show Film Editor Andrew Cunliffe captured the drama, the agony and the ecstasy of the counts by setting a couple of minutes of it to music for our "results special" programme on Sunday 9 May on BBC One from 11am.