mindedness during the consultation period about the setting up of asylum
seeker centres in rural areas.
Nottinghamshire would be a significant event and there would be a necessary
adjustment', she told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.
But people should not assume the centres would inevitably result in conflict
locally, she said. Asylum seekers will be leading normal family lives, as
far as possible, she said, 'they will not be rampaging through the
villages'. The centres will also bring jobs to the area.
Ms Hughes said she would be visiting all the areas where centres are
proposed, to talk to local people and discuss how they can be involved with
'Unless we can put that case, we'll remain simply divided and it is the
racists and the BNP who'll be able to exploit this issue', she said.
* see LGCnet for 'GOVERNMENT PROMISES ACCOMODATION CENTRES WILL BE ACCESSIBLE' .