Town has the least ethnic people in NW

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WIGAN is the least ethnically diverse place in the North West according to a new report.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that of all the births registered between 2005 and 2008, Wigan has the least ethnic minorities in the region.

During the three year period, there were 14,044 births in the borough of which 94 per cent had their ethnicity stated as white. Only 1.1 per cent of births in the borough were stated to be Asian and 0.8 per cent black.

Across Greater Manchester, 64.5 per cent of births stated their ethnicity as white, 12.5 per cent Asian and 4.2 Black.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “Wigan has a relatively stable population and a strong sense of community. People are proud of the town and tend to stay and work here if they can.

“I would also add that although the ethnic population is small by comparison with other areas they make an important contribution and as Wigan’s MP I am proud we are such a welcoming town.”