May has been struggling to deal with one crisis after another, many of them related to the negotiations over the withdrawal, but mixed results from across the country meant the Opposition Labour Party failed to achieve the big, if symbolic, gains it was hoping for.
Despite retaining overall control, the Conservatives lost individual seats in Westminster and Wandsworth.
In this year's election, cllr Canal's Bridge ward seat proved to be one of the closest races of the night with multiple recounts taking place.
Labour's sweep of 42 of the 45 seats in Tower Hamlets also represented a serious defeat for Aspire, the party backed by disgraced former mayor Lutfur Rahman, which won no seats.
Theresa May's government could find encouragement that despite much criticism and turmoil over its Brexit policy, it managed to attract many pro-Leave voters who did not swing in massive numbers for Labour.
Many commentators pointed to the Conservative win in Pendle council in the North West as proof that Labour were being punished by the electorate up North. However, whereas in 2013, 2014, and 2016 the party was estimated to be narrowly ahead of the Conservatives, this time it is only neck and neck with them. At these local elections, the Conservatives benefitted from this restructuring of UKIP supporters, gaining Basildon, bringing Dudley to an even split with Labour and nearly decimating Labour's leads in North-East Lincolnshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth - all of which were heavily Leave-voting areas. The far-right BNP were wiped out altogether. The party suffered heavy losses in Richmond-upon-Thames, as well as Tandridge just south of the capital, at the hands of the Liberal Democrats, and in Redbridge most notably at the hands of Labour.
He added that "huge swathes of the country" can not accept "this Labour party" in power. Jeremy Corbyn described Labour's result as "solid", blaming the Conservatives for inflating expectations about how well Labour could be expected to perform.
"There, at the moment, isn't really very much for the Labour Party to crow about ... it basically has come away frankly empty-handed relative to the expectation that it at least helped to build up", Curtice said.
"The last few weeks have reminded some in the Labour heartlands why they don't like Jeremy Corbyn", said Robert Hayward a former Conservative lawmaker who now sits in parliament's upper house and specialises in polling analysis.
"I think it's been a good night for us and it's been a awful night for Labour" - Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party Chairman.
In Barnet, there was clear evidence of voters from the area's large Jewish community turning their backs on Labour after the party became embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism.
Sir Edward told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "People are desperate for a voice that isn't a right-wing Brexit Tory voice or a left-wing Corbynista voice".
He predicted that with activists' support "we can and will form a government".
General Secretary Paul Oakley even compared his own party to the "Black Death" during a television interview.