Stoke Residents hail UKIP and Brexit but take a swipe at Labour for ignoring their city
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, long-standing residents from the city which largely voted to Leave the EU, expressed their sadness that the Government was slowly becoming unaffiliated with them, but claimed voting Brexit and Ukip will put them back on the map.
June Collier, a local resident claims Labour has lost touch with the city as she said: “We’d always voted Labour but Labour are fighting amongst themselves. There doesn’t seem to be any leadership there.
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“Ukip know what the people want really. They’re so prosperous down in London. I think they [Remainers] think we’re a load of idiots or something like that.”
Chris Humphries, who runs the pensioner events in her local community and voted Out, explained she backed Brexit because Labour's elite ignored her decaying town.
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She went on to claim that over the last 20 years, MPs simply watched 20 pubs disappear on her local high street, which has left them completely isolated.
Ms Humphries added: “I thought that [voting out] was probably going to be the best thing because we probably could make the elitist Government start thinking about the whole of the population."
One of very few conservatives in Stoke, Angela Smith said she became angered when her home town was branded “racist” and “unintelligent” by elitists who claimed they did not know what they were voting for during the EU referendum.
Ms Smith remarked: “Those people who aren’t from Stoke or have just seen we voted 70 per cent to Leave, think that we’re probably racist and unintelligent, but that’s far from the truth.”
Angela Smith from the Stoke City Supporters Club dismissed claims that residents were racist and stu
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The residents unanimously agreed the town's unprecedented shift away from supporting Labour could benefit them, and their cries were echoed on Twitter.
One user tweeted: "I hope @UKLabour are watching #newsnight we have taken votes in the heartlands for granted for far too long".
Stoke resident June Collier said UKIP knows what the people want
Another user said: "[The Newsnight] piece on people of Stoke shows how far away the elites are from the ordinary people and how Brexit is about an attempt for change."
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