Projected national share
Hey presto! The boffins have toiled long and hard and come up with the numbers that tell us how the parties have done nationally.
This, you might think is absurd since people are voting on local issues at least as much as national ones. Maybe, but these figures shape the way in which these elections are interpreted by the media and the politicians themselves.
Projected national share - Great Britain (based on English locals)
Con: 41 - that's up a point on last year
Lab: 27 - also up a point on last year
LD : 26 - down a point
Jeremy Vine: "This would probably be met with quiet disappointment" at Tory HQ.
They've emailed to say that, actually, a massive cheer went up in the office!