This week's only council by-election saw Tories easily hold off a Labour challenge in a marginal seat.
The result at Sitwell, Rotherham Borough, South Yorkshire, saw a swing to Conservatives compared with May's main polls which were on the same day as the general election.
The outcome is in stark contrast to metropolitan council contests last month in Walsall and Wolverhampton which showed double digit switches to Labour.
Rotherham Council - Sitwell: C 1213, Lab 864, Ind 252, Ukip 241, Lib Dem 98. (May 2010 - C 2,684, Lab 2,238, Ukip 793, Ind 751). C hold. Swing 3.1% Lab to C.