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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

Published Tue, Feb 21, 2017 · 09:50 PM

London

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 places face today as they try to reconcile a prosperous past with an uncertain future as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union.

After overwhelmingly voting to leave the EU in last year's referendum, an election this week could underscore Stoke's role in redrawing the British political map.

In normal times, it would be a shoo-in for the Labour Party in a blue-co…

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