Election graphic
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Vote 2011: Conservatives and Liberal Democrats reaction

The year after a general election a newly-elected government normally gets a kicking at the polls, but Thursday's polls saw Conservatives make gains in the local elections, while their junior partners appeared to take all the pain.

Max Cotton reports on how the members of the coalition parties see the way forward - as he spoke to Lib Dem councillors in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Lord Oakeshott and Tory MP Nadine Dorries.

More from the POLITICS SHOW

Twitter with the POLITICS SHOW

Go to next video: 'Voters' clear message to coalition'