Cor­byn Street

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North Lon­don left­ies look­ing to live among like-minded peo­ple would find few bet­ter places than Cor­byn Street, Is­ling­ton. The Labour leader has rep­re­sented the area since 1983, and in the 2017 elec­tion he cruised through with a 33,000 ma­jor­ity. But res­i­dents are di­vided over his ap­proach to Brexit.

Sue Crock­ford, 75, a for­mer film­maker, pic­tured right, backs Cor­byn to the hilt. “I think Brexit is an ab­so­lute con – but I also think Cor­byn gets the worst press of any politi­cian,” she says.

Her daugh­ter, Sky, 38, is more am­biva­lent. “I re­ally like Cor­byn, and will vote for him, but I don’t think he is lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple who want an­other ref­er­en­dum. Even if it went the same way, we’ll at least have voted with some knowl­edge of what Brexit means.”

Ben, 24, and Ge­or­gia, 25 – who do not want to give their full names – un­der­stand Cor­byn’s po­si­tion on Brexit. “If he backed a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, then the party would lose the sup­port of its heart­lands in the north,” says Ben, who works for a think­tank. “None­the­less, I think he is be­ing disin­gen­u­ous on the big­gest po­lit­i­cal is­sue of our gen­er­a­tion.”

Ge­or­gia, who is train­ing as a so­cial worker, says she’s a re­mainer, but re­vers­ing the ref­er­en­dum re­sult “would fuel rightwing and xeno­pho­bic sen­ti­ment, be­cause those who backed Brexit would feel be­trayed.”

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