On Wednesday evening, the BBC programme hosted a panel debate between the politicians battling it out for the traditional Labour seat in Staffordshire.
As Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and Ukip’s deputy leader Peter Whittle clashed in heated exchanges about Stoke, one audience member accused politicians of having “no idea” what it is like to live outside of London.
Suggesting the metropolitan elite were failing to listen, she told the BBC panel: “I think politicians are completely disconnected with the people.
“I believe in politics and I believe in our political system, I think we have got one of the best democracies in the world.
The Newsnight audience member accused politicians of being 'completely disconnected'
“But I think there is a huge disconnect, they haven’t got any idea of what it is like outside London. I know it sounds weird, I’m a Londoner but I’ve been here since the 80s and what’s going on in Stoke, the politicians and the MPs just do not seem to be able to take that back to London and say what people want.
“I think our local MPs are very good at trying to talk to the local communities but it is just not getting back and certainly bringing back, funding into the city, it’s not happening.”
During the programme, Mr Whittle blasted Labour’s inability to build social housing, failure to invest in the NHS and ditching working class voters.
Locking horns over Thursday’s by-election in Stoke, Mr Whittle said: “Labour has been in for 50 years, there has not been one single new council house built in 30 years, can you believe that?
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I think politicians are completely disconnected with the people
Newsnight audience member
"We would like a golden age of council housing. I’m a great believer, and I know Paul [Nuttall] is too, and we are as a party, in social housing because basically it helps build solid communities.
“My grandparents were in council housing and it basically means… people are not fighting to get on the ladder. It can help build a real community.”
Hitting back, Ms Abrahams, who has presented Oldham East and Saddleworth since 2011, vowed Labour would do more to if the party retained the seat.
The fiery debate comes as the Stoke by-election get underway. Storm Doris could keep voters from turning up to the polling stations.
Paul Nuttall has made a bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn’s party from its stronghold, to give his party a massive boost by securing a Parliamentary seat.
The spokesman said: “It is very finely balanced in Stoke. Storm Doris could make all the difference as our voters are more committed while many of Labour’s are likely to be apathetic. Brexit-backing voters need to get behind our man, Paul Nuttall, who is the only true Brexiteer in the battle.”
The anti-EU party is second favourite to win the by-election, close behind the Labour Party.
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Mr Nuttall told Express.co.uk that victory in Stoke-on-Trent Central would "open up a can of worms" for Labour as other seats "could fall like dominoes" to Ukip.
Labour has held on to the seat since its creation in 1950 but its majority has dropped from nearly 20,000 a decade ago to just 5,000 in 2015.
Voters are among some of the the most Eurosceptic in the UK, with nearly 70 per cent of voters in Stoke-on-Trent backing Brexit during the EU referendum.
In Thursday’s other by-election in Copeland, Cumbria, Tory chiefs are confident of snatching a seat from Labour while in government for the first time since 1983.