I hope that Labour will win the next GE, but I am concerned about continued/increased interest in UKIP. We did a lot better in the locals than the direst predictions. A lot, and the mayoral results were extremely heartening.
My experience on the doorstep is that the people on our housing estates have mostly local concerns when it comes to electing a councillor, which can partly explain why things really don't get shaken up that much this far from a GE; people vote for the candidate they know and trust. However, the most worrying "local concern" is immigration. There is a (usually entirely mistaken and fear-led) perception that recent immigrants are being given council houses and school places ahead of local people. This isn't a white working class problem here - it's all creeds and colours - housing and places are so short, we have so many families living in appalling conditions and our northern Labour council has been starved of funds to such an extent that we might as well pray for miracles.
This is of particular relevance now because of the imminent EU referendum. People here will never vote Tory, but they will vote UKIP, because they believe Brexit will solve their problems. As far as I can tell, the nation is split on this issue above all others and I think that is why the local elections seemed less conclusive than some had hoped for so far as Labour and Conmen are concerned.