UKIP lost nearly all the council seats it won in 2014.
Labour's Ellie Emberson, 19, made history when she won Minster ward, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the council.
Round 42 per cent of the seats being contested this 12 months are in London, the place all 32 boroughs have elections.
With 99 of the 150 councils declared, the party had won just two seats - both in Derby - and lost 92.
There was also success for the Conservatives in the north London borough of Barnet, which they won even though it had been a big target for Labour.
One of them included that of former Conservative culture boss, Linda Symes, who in a crushing blow to the Tories was dethroned from her St Jude seat by Labour's Judith Smyth.
Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party avoided a wipeout in London local elections and eked out gains in Brexit-supporting regions elsewhere, partial results on Friday showed, denting the opposition Labour Party's hopes of a big win.
The Lib Dems celebrating a successful evening.
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Sunderland's Tory leader Coun Robert Oliver said he thought the results in the city reflected the "weakness" of Labour's national leader Jeremy Corbyn. As a leader you feel responsible to every councillor and every resident across the district.
Ben Bradshaw, the backbench Labour MP told the BBC the party "should be doing much, much better than we have been doing nationally" if it was on course to win the next general election.
Reflecting on the result, Wakefield's Labour council leader Peter Box said: "It's been a mixed night".
Nevertheless the Tories have a 24-seat majority so an enormous swing can be required for the authority to alter arms.
Fareham, too, remains under Tory control with no overall change in the numbers.
Many conversations turned to what would most likely cause Labour to tip the result to no overall control.
The Lib Dems popped a bottle of champagne after taking Panshanger and Sherrards from the Conservatives, as well Peartree from Labour, while keeping control of Handside, Peartree, and Welham Green and Hatfield South. "This must have been very worrying for Labour so soon after last year's General Election result".
He said: All the hype in the media about Labour gains in certain boroughs was never going to be the case. Portfolios for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority which Anstee held as Trafford leader will also be redistributed, if he is no longer leader.