Mr Azim, textile worker in the UK for 27 years: "People always want to talk about important issues at election time; afterwards it’s all forgotten. They should do something about all areas. It’s about time they delivered."
Debbie and her son Ali: "My husband is a Muslim. Initially I thought it was going to be a problem, but our families and friends have been very supportive. We take each day as it comes."
Mobeen owns Mobs sandwich bar and is a local football team sponsor. "We’re close to the city, the Pennines and we’ve got the best tasting water in the UK."
Pat in her garden, married to Tony: "I’m from Barnsley cock! I moved ‘ere in ’89 to be with Tony and it’s been whoopee all t’way!"
Miriam owns Umar clothes house, studies psychology and creative writing. "I’d only leave Rochdale if Hollywood came banging at my door!"
Anne moved from Preston to be with Mel, a retired ambulance driver. A: "My hay fever’s playing me up…" M: "I get her to cut the grass and the stuff her pillows with it! Housing has got better, Rochdale has its problems but it’s a cracking place to be."
Proud to be Kashmiri football players: "Housing has improved and there’s a good atmosphere. The people of Rochdale are united: they live together."
John goes to all the Rochdale games. He wants to be a plumber like his dad. "I go to an all-English school. The food’s skanky. One Pakistani friend plays footy with us. We play more in the streets than on a field. We need a kick pitch."
Jamshed, Artist: "I really considered leaving Rochdale. There is a limited understanding of what art is, you really need to consider your audience. But the time now is fertile, I want to be here."
John works for conservation contracts: "We filled five skips up with junk that was just lying around. Now it’s going to look greener - it benefits everybody."