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Corbyn: Market stalls should be open

Islington North MP says access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables ‘is incredibly important’

01 May, 2020

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn

JEREMY Corbyn says market stalls should stay open as long as social distancing guidelines can be followed.

The borough’s stall owners have been calling on the council to allow them to reopen with the measures in place.

The council asked all stalls to close in the first week of April, but traders say they should be allowed to reopen to help the community and give people a safe alternative to supermarkets.

An online petition has been launched asking the council to reconsider its blanket ban on stalls opening, focusing on Keith West’s stall in Seven Sisters Road.

Islington North MP Mr Corbyn said: “Access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables is incredibly important, especially in the borough of Islington with such high levels of child poverty and deprivation.”

The government’s coronavirus website states that outdoor and indoor markets should close, but includes an exception for “market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food”.

Islington Council has said it is engaging with traders and will keep the decision “under review”.

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