Neil Reddin, a Councillor in the London Borough of Bromley, looks ahead to the election after next.
We no doubt benefited from protest votes last Thursday, only some of whom may be likely to turn voting Conservative into a habit come the General Election. Even so there are also those who, as Boris Johnson identified, had their pencils hovering for a moment before voting for us. Come 2010, the hoverers could well make the difference between us winning and losing - or, being optimistic, between a wafer thin or a stonking majority. It will be the likes of the NUT member who admitted to voting Conservative, on a radio phone-in show last Friday, who could make that difference.
The bigger challenge in our first four years in government will be to crystallise those pencil wavers into habitual Conservative voters. Part of that process, of winning the 2014 General Election, must begin now.
The best way to sustain the new Conservative revival, in the long term, is not so much to keep the party closer to the centre of the political spectrum (though that is invariably where elections are won from), but to shift that centre point rightwards. We have a window of opportunity in the next few years, a period when people are no longer shy of admitting voting Conservative, a period when we have the ear of the media at last.