Oxford Labour used the opportunity presented by Jeremy Corbyn's visit this week to take him and his supporters out canvassing in St. Mary's Ward, East Oxford - the seat currently held by Green Group leader, Craig Simmons.
Cllr Simmons Chairs the Council's Scrutiny Committee and the Finance Panel - roles in which he has received cross-party support. A former deputy Lord Mayor, he is one of Oxford's most progressive, experienced (17 years) and hard-working Councillors - being one of the few with a 100% attendance record.
Says Cllr Craig Simmons: "I am very flattered. But I don't think his flying visit will make much difference. This is a City Council election - people are considering who they want to represent them on the local Council for the next four years. I work with residents year round - the only time other parties put in an appearance is close to election time."
Simmons added: "Clearly there is some common ground between Mr. Corbyn's long-held personal views and Green Party policy. I wish him well in his efforts to transform the Labour Party."