Labour's long night of painful firsts
The first time that Labour has been beaten into third place by what we used to call a minor party - UKIP.
The first time - since 1918 - that the party has not come first in a Welsh election.
The first UK-wide election in which the Scottish Nationalists have beaten Labour.
The first time that the BNP has been elected to a parliament or assembly in areas where Labour's vote collapsed.
Those who dedicate their lives to the party will feel the pain and, looking at the success of the BNP, the shame of a night they will wish to forget.
Individual Labour MPs will now ponder what it means for their future in their patch.
That is unlikely in itself to restore enough momentum to unseat Gordon Brown.
It will, however, ensure that the leadership question will not be closed today, this week or next.
The prime minister may now be given the chance to unveil the policies he believes can dig his party out of the deep hole it is in - but, if the polls don't budge, his party will keep on talking about budging him.