Boston mum has no regrets over speaking out about immigration on BBC1's Question Time
A despairing mum who some have labelled a spokesman for Britain's "ordinary people" says she is glad to have spoken out about immigration live on prime time TV.
Rachel Bull's spontaneous outburst on BBC1's Question Time sparked rapturous applause from the show's audience at Lincoln's Drill Hall.
After hearing Cambridge University professor Mary Beard dismiss claims that migrant workers were overwhelming the market town of Boston, office manager Mrs Bull stood up from her seat and caught the attention of presenter David Dimbleby.
Once she had the spotlight, Mrs Bull, who is half-Polish, said: "Boston is at breaking point. All the locals can't cope any more.
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"You go down to Boston High Street and it's just like you're in a foreign country. It's got to stop. The services are at breaking point."
When she finally finished speaking, there was a moment's silence and then applause.
After the show had finished, some audience members were still praising Mrs Bull.
Since then, Mrs Bull, who was born and brought up in Lincolnshire and lives with her marine engineer husband Steven and their ten-year-old son Luke, has had time to reflect on her impromptu television appearance.
While she is rather overwhelmed by the attention her impassioned outpouring has attracted, she has no regrets about speaking "from the heart".
"It was an opportunity I couldn't let pass," says Mrs Bull, who left school at 16 and trained as a secretary.
"I couldn't just sit there and say nothing while Mary Beard said that she couldn't see there were any problems in Boston.
"I may not be as clever as her or have been to university, but this is my family's home town and I wanted to say how it really is for the real people that live here.
"I don't blame the migrants. It's not their fault. They are only doing what the law allows them to do, which is come over here and work. I blame the Government for not realising the impact it's having on ordinary people – or managing it."
Mrs Bull's speech comes three months after the Borough Council published a report called "Social Impact Of Population Change On Boston".
The report, which followed a four-month inquiry, acknowledged the pressure placed on Boston's education and health services and looked into concerns such as street drinking as well as unemployment among local people.
A month later, hundreds of Bostonians took to the street to protest about the effects of mass immigration.
"No one can blame them for wanting to come here for a better life," says Mrs Bull.
"Many of them come to England thinking it's a land of opportunity but they find the reality is very different.
"Some of them have nowhere to live and understandably, they find anywhere they can to sleep.
"But you can't blame the locals who are seeing their town at breaking point. The politicians in London and the academics are living in another world.
"What I want is for the policymakers to come to Boston and speak to us. Come and see Boston for yourselves."
Boston Borough Councillor Paul Kenny, chairman of the task and finish group which produced the population change report, watched the programme.
He said: "There are no quick fixes in this, but we do need to tackle issues such as drinking on our streets, licensing of HMOs, employment protection issues, zero hour contracts, and a review of our licensing regulations."