The challenge facing Labour in Oldham
At Oldham's annual end-of-summer carnival you see the town's 20th-Century history in flesh and blood.
The crowds mingle in the sunshine, kids queue for ice-cream, adults for fish and chips; young Asian women in saris or headscarves enjoy the fairground rides and shirtless men with dogs on chains watch performers on temporary stages.
It is a tradition that dates back to Oldham's days of industrial greatness. Before World War One, the town produced more cotton than France and Germany combined. By the 1960s and 70s, more than 300 cotton mills working day and night had pulled in immigrant... read more
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