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How did George Galloway pull off his by-election victory this week? David Goodhart's report from Bradford reveals a town still scarred by segregation and decline

By David Goodhart   July 2011

H Hey & Sons woollen mill, Bradford, built circa 1894: a piece of industrial history rots away

Oldham College is a successful further education college. It is also a beacon for its racially divided town, a place where whites and Asians study in almost equal numbers. Yet as I wait in its hall on a visit in May, I notice that all the students are socialising within their own racial groups. In one corner some Asians, including two young women wearing hijabs, huddle over a laptop. Nearby three less modestly dressed white girls share a joke. They are physically close…

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