By George Stephens • 15 December 2019 • 19:19
Residents on a street named Corbyn Road say they want it renamed after their local constituency swung to the Conservatives for the first time ever.
The road in Dudley, West Midlands, is part of the former Labour safe seat of Dudley North which dramatically changed hands after Thursday’s poll.
Now people living on Corbyn Road fear the road bearing his name may see property prices tumble as a result of being associated with “racism and failure”.
One resident said: “We’ve always known the name attracts attention and it didn’t matter as much when the town was Labour but now it’s associated with the worst Labour leader there has ever been.
“The name must go. When you think Corbyn you think of racism and failure. I don’t want the place I live to be linked with that.
“House prices in this area are already struggling, the last thing we need is potential buyers being put off by the street name.”
Retired electrician Tom Robertson, 66, added: “It used to amuse my grown-up children that I live on Corbyn Road but frankly it’s now more of an embarrassment.”
Writing on Facebook, user Jan Onley offered up “Unity Road” as a name which might bring people together.
But Marion Smith, 73, suggested a better option would be ‘Johnson Road after what happened’.
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