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With the political debate about Islam heating up ahead of Britain's general elections next month, the impact is particularly keenly felt in Birmingham – a city where a quarter of the population is Muslim.Birmingham is Britain's second biggest city with 1.2 million residents – almost half of them from ethnic minorities – and is often singled out when fears are expressed about a growing Islamist threat.However, not everything is rosy in Brummie-land – the diminutive nickname used for city residents.Professor Carl Chinn, who heads up a community history project at the University of Birmingham, said that the tendency to stick together does not apply just to Muslims in Birmingham but also the white working class and happens in cities across Europe.For Conservatives, support among Muslims is only about 10 percent, while among Hindus and Sikhs it is slightly higher at 15 to 20 percent, he said.
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