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Two speakers will open our discussion on aspects of race relations along the M62 corridor and in East Lancashire.

What were the links between localised far right successes, long years of deindustrialisation, and New Labour’s policies of ‘community cohesion’? How have the issues highlighted by the northern town riots of 20 years ago affected politics and identity more widely? What’s changing – if anything – for members of the so-called ‘white working class’ and people in the Muslim community in places from Bradford to Blackburn?

Shamim Miah (Huddersfield University) is the author of Muslim schooling and the question of self-segregation (2015) and Muslims, schooling and security (2017). He is also the co-author of Race, space and multiculturalism in northern England (2020).

Mike Makin-Waite has written about being a local council officer when the BNP were winning seats in the town hall he worked in. His book is On Burnley Road: class, race and politics in a northern English town (2021).

This event will be live-streamed as well as being possible to attend in person. You only need a ticket if you wish to attend in person. To join online you can simply go to the event website and click on the link provided on the day.

We will be asking everyone who attends in person to wear a face covering and to be mindful of appropriate social distancing. Refreshments will be available.

This event is part of the Invisible Histories autumn talks series.

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