Residents of Corbyn Road want its name changed after seat swings to the Tories

People living on a street named Corbyn Road want it renamed after the constituency swung to the Tories for the first time ever.

The residential road is in the heart of Dudley North – which had been a Labour stronghold until Conservative candidate Marco Longhi toppled Melanie Dudley with a majority of more than 11,000.

Ms Dudley pinned the blame for her historic defeat on Labour leader Mr Corbyn, who she said ‘didn’t always play well on the doorstep’.

Now, those living on the road bearing his name fear property prices may 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.’

He said he ‘doesn’t care’ what the new name is, as long as it isn’t ‘after any politician because they’re all bloody awful’.

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 yesterday’.

Former Labour stalwart Ian Austin represented Dudley North for 14 years until he dramatically quit in February over Mr Corbyn’s leadership and handling of the party’s anti-semitism scandal.

He dealt another body-blow to his former leader just weeks before the election by urging voters to back Mr Johnson.

The seat had been the fourth-most marginal in the country, with Labour holding on with a slim majority of just 22 votes.

It finally turned blue for the first time last night with Mr Longhi being named its new MP with 23,134 votes – 11,533 more than Ms Dudley.

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