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Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood 50 years on

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The Wolverhampton South West MP Enoch Powell is known for his infamous Rivers of Blood speech he delivered in April 1968.

The speech caused controversy because of its anti-immigration rhetoric and led to the Conservative Party leader at the time, Edward Heath, sacking Powell from his position as Shadow Defence Secretary.

Following the speech, racial tensions in Wolverhampton were high, and parents at the time protested what they said was the racial imbalance in schools.

Grove Primary School in Wolverhampton was built in the same year as Powell's famous speech

Grove Primary School was built in just three months in 1968 to cope with the level of immigration in the city.

Around three quarters of the children in the school were from ethnic minority backgrounds and as a result, the school decided to place all the white children in one class.