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ISLINGTON PEOPLE: Stepping into Canonbury park life; 'Our MP is fighting for the vulnerable'; Getting a big kick out of working near home of Gunners

Liz McVay

Published: 3 April, 2015

Liz McVay, 59, is a housewife who has lived in Canonbury for more than 30 years. Speaking of the area, she says: “I love it. When I moved to London this is where I settled and got married.” Liz was with her dog, Otter, who she likes to take on walks around the capital’s parks, taking him “around Highbury Fields, anywhere around Islington really! Sometimes we even go to the Heath or down to Clissold Park. Overall, I think it’s lovely – there’s some nice cafés, places to eat and lots to do.”

Steve Parry, 41, is a comedy writer living in Highbury. When asked what he likes about Islington he said: “I like the diversity, the village-feel and I like the people. I lived in Lewisham and Hackney for a little while but I quickly settled here and never looked back.” Steve is also very politically minded. “I like the fact we’ve got one of the only socialist MPs in the whole of Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, who’s a consistent fighter for the vulnerable, the working class and the poor in Islington and I’m really proud that we have a socialist MP.”

Craig Shaw is a builder living in Islington. Originally from Camden, Craig feels at home here, saying: “I was born in north London and I have family in Islington. I now work in Islington and probably will be here for the next two years. The people are nice, I think it’s a nice area.” As a massive football fan, he likes being near his home team and even took a job in the area to be close to his team’s home playing fields. “I’m an Arsenal fan and obviously Arsenal stadium is down the road so, yes!”

Interviews by Hannah Grugel


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