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Politicians told: Get out of London and see why we voted for Brexit

Politicians have been urged to "get out to more towns like Mansfield" to see why Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Mansfield voted 71% in favour of leaving but the optimism of victory in the Nottinghamshire town is being replaced by anger at what people are calling "London's anti-Brexit bias".

"The north and south divide is true - in London it's a bubble, a real, real bubble," Paul Ingam, Managing Director of P&P Clothing, told ITV News.

Leavers told our Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall of their dismay at being labelled "little Englanders" for choosing Brexit.

Paul Ingham, Managing Director of P&P Clothing. Credit: ITV
Rachel French speaks to ITV News. Credit: ITV
Carer Jamal Harouche speaks to ITV News. Credit: ITV

Businesswoman Rachel French said politicians "need to get out to more places like this [Mansfield], and Boston and Leicester and see what people are up against".

Many residents we spoke to in Mansfield dismissed the idea that immigration played a part in their decision to leave the EU.

Gary Sykes, a charity worker in the town, said: "Our country has been built on immigration, and I don't think it's about immigration at all.

"I think the political parties have made it about two wishes: economy and immigration. No, it's more complicated than that", he added.

Our social affairs editor said: "If there was any disconnect between London before the referendum, it appears to have only deepened since."