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Labour fights anti-EU party for survival at polls in Brexit hotbed Stoke

Disconnect with community in declining industrial city is fodder for UKIP ahead of Feb 23 ballot

In normal times, it would be a shoo-in for the Labour Party in Stoke-On-Trent, a blue-collar stronghold it's held since 1950. In the world of Brexit and Donald Trump, populism and anti-immigration loom large.


THE grand Victorian pavilion in a landscaped park in downtown Stoke-on-Trent is a remnant of an English city in its prime, an industrial powerhouse hauling coal and making ceramics for the world.

The boarded-up windows, rust and peeling paint are a reminder of what such...

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