Labour suffers big council losses in England
Labour is on course to suffer its worst performance in at least 40 years in the local elections in England and Wales, reported BBC.
BBC research suggests the party has fallen into third place nationally with 24% of votes, with the Conservatives on 44% and Lib Dems on 25%.
So far Labour has lost more than 160 seats with the Tories gaining 147.
Conservative leader David Cameron called it a "big moment". Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman said the results were "very disappointing indeed".
But Labour's chief whip Geoff Hoon insisted there was "no crisis" for Gordon Brown.