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Smith joins Labour's first estate

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White City has problems as you report: so do Avondale and Colville wards, the northern part of Notting Hill ("One motorway, two Britains", 11 May). In the late 1950s we had race riots here. Now local people, drawn from far more countries than you list, live side by side and get on with one another. Why not report these facts?

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