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.”