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Holloway shopping centre bosses unsurprised at Jeremy Corbyn 'suitgate' plug

PUBLISHED: 15:39 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 25 February 2016

Jeremy Corbyn bigging up Holloway Road today. Picture: ITV

Jeremy Corbyn bigging up Holloway Road today. Picture: ITV

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Holloway Road’s town centre management group was unsurprised after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today said it was the “greatest shopping centre in the world”.

He was lambasted by David Cameron for his appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, but Mr Corbyn has used the Prime Minister’s cheap dig to big up the retail choice at the heart of his Islington North constituency.

Mr Cameron had been heckled by Labour MPs over what his mother, a critic of Conservative cuts to local councils, would think about problems in the health service.

He responded by turning his fire to Mr Corbyn: “Ask my mother? I think I know what my mother would say. I think she would look across the despatch box and she would say: ‘Put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem.’”

But speaking to ITV News today after launching the national Labour police and crime commissioner elections campaign in Birmingham, Mr Corbyn managed to see the funny side - and gave a shoutout to Holloway Road.

“He’s actually jealous of the jacket,” Mr Corbyn said. “You know what he’s really jealous of? That I can go shopping in the greatest shopping centre in the world, Holloway Road, N7.

“And he’s stuck with Bond Street.”

Phillip Watson, vice-chairman of the Nag’s Head town centre management group, told the Gazette this afternoon: “Jeremy Corbyn’s a local resident [Finsbury Park] and we can completely understand why he’s happy to do his shopping in Holloway Road, and the Nag’s Head shopping centre - you can get everything you need here.

“We are very proud of what we have to offer.”

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