Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid has enjoyed a blind date with a star of TV’s Love Island – to talk about Brexit.
He met up with reality TV star Zara McDermott for a BBC TV programme where people from the opposing side of the Brexit debate enjoy a blind date.
But despite their differing views, it appears that anti-Brexit Magid and pro-Leave Zara actually got on like a house on fire.
Zara recently quit her role as a policy adviser in the civil service so she can now speak freely on politics, said: “I was quite surprised.
“I was expecting a suited and booted minister. When he said he was a mayor, I thought, 'Gosh, he's really different'. But that's good, that he's bucked the trend.”
And Magid was equally impressed – even turning up with a bunch of EU themed flowers for his date.
He said: “I probably didn't learn anything new, but it was interesting. There are no Tories in Sheffield, so it was good to get a different view on things. You can get stuck in your own echo chamber sometimes.
“She was the best thing. She was understanding - a lovely, sweet person.”
Added Zara: I've now made a friend, and my friend is Lord Mayor! Our personalities got on very well. There are not many people you can open up to politically, but I could with him.”
However, Magid’s bunch of blue and yellow EU themed flowers caused an awkward moment.
She said: “I think when he brought the flowers in at the start of the date! I was like, 'I have a boyfriend'. But he’s charismatic, intelligent, and funny.”
And he responded: “I'd like to think they were appreciated. It was almost a peace offering, an olive branch to begin our chat. They had a hint of the EU in them too with the colours, but I don't know if she got that.
“She interesting, lovely and funny and if she's ever in Sheffield she should swing by.”
The pair were asked to rate the date out of ten and while Zara gave Magid full marks, he gave her a score of 7.3, adding: “To give 10 out of 10 she would have had to have seen the light - tell me 'I'm no longer a Tory!'
You can read a full report of the date HERE