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Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives debate
Parallel Lives: the debate

Parallel Lives: the big debate

Muslim and white communities in Lancashire - do we mix or are we leading separate lives? A BBC debate examines the issues...

Jack Straw’s warning that the wearing of the veil by Muslim women was an obstacle to integration has sparked a huge debate about integration in the North West.

The Leader of the Commons said that unless action is taken soon Muslim and white communities will ‘end up leading parallel lives.’

But is he right? How much mixing is there between communities in your area?

A BBC North West debate examined the issues surrounding Jack Straw’s statement and what the future might hold...

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The panel:

  • Jack Straw - MP for Blackburn and Leader of the Commons
  • Professor Ted Cantle - Institute of Community Cohesion
  • Shanaz Hussain - a magistrate and advisor on women's issues to the Lancashire Council of Mosques
  • Margo Grimshaw - Blackburn businesswoman and columnist
  • Dr Amar Ahmed - GP in Cheshire and possible future parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party.
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