UKIP rejoice in EU Referendum victory in Sunderland
Leave campaigners are celebrating a massive victory for their cause in Sunderland.
The leave vote won by a margin of 22% in the city, with 61% of voters (82,394) coming out in support of leaving the EU.
Related article: Sunderland MPs dismayed by 61% win for Leave in city's EU Referendum resultWearside organiser and former General Election candidate Richard Elvin said: ""I feel elated. I'm absolutely over the moon. It's been a wonderful campaign, we had a fantastic campaign team.
"They all worked their socks off, they worked really, really hard, day in and day out, until the last minute. They never put the brakes on.
"They've done a marvellous job and it's manifested itself in a fantastic result.
"But we have to wait and see what happens nationally, it could all mean nothing.
He addded: "They are very fair-minded people here in the North East and what they can't understand is that the people they vote for, can't make all the laws they have to live by.
"EU's laws are made in Brussels and automatically legalised by the Houses of Parliament. It's part of our legal system and we've got no say in it.
"They are also concerned by the levels of immigration. The North East hasn't had a lot of immigration, but seeing what's happening in other parts of the country, they don't want that here.
"It doesn't work for the average working man. It's for big corporations and the little people at the bottom, the hardworking people, they end up paying the price."