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George Osborne 'not aware of any row with ticket officer'

The Treasury has told ITV News the Chancellor had a diary change and he and his aide got a different train. They say that their existing seat reservations did not apply.

The train was crowded so they decided to upgrade from standard class to first class and they always intended to pay the difference.

It says the Chancellor is not aware of any row with a ticket officer.

Bob Crow: "This says it all about this rotten Government"

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, said: "This says it all about this rotten Government.

"Here we have a millionaire Chancellor who thinks he's above the normal rules and laws.

George Osborne attempting to bunk first class is this ConDem administration in a nutshell."

It follows the Chancellor George Osborne's dispute with a ticket collector after he sat in first class with a standard class ticket.

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Virgin Trains: There is no special policy on upgrades for MPs

George Osborne and his aide on a train to London Euston Credit: Rachel Townsend/ITV Granada

A spokesman for Virgin Trains said there is no special policy on upgrades for MPs or anyone else.

He said: "If you have got a standard ticket, you sit in standard class but there is the option to upgrade if you so choose.

"The strict letter of the law would be that if somebody had a ticket for standard, they should sit in standard and then ask the train manager to upgrade to first class and pay the appropriate charge.

"But it is not a big issue if someone sits in first class before they have paid for the upgrade.

"This is normally all done very amicably."

It follows the Chancellor George Osborne's dispute with a ticket collector after he sat in first class with a standard class ticket.

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George Osborne delivers £1m compensation cheque in Knutsford

"Have you ever seen a cheque this big?" asks the Chancellor Credit: ITV Granada

Tatton MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has delivered a £1m pound cheque to residents in Knutsford.

It is compensation for the increased noise that communities have suffered following the opening of Manchester Airport's second runway.

The payout marks the end of a 10-year campaign against the airport by Mr Osborne.

Manchester Airports Group, which runs the Ringway airfield, agreed to pay more than £1,500 to 583 residents of Knutsford and Mobberley who lodged claims over the runway.

MAG will also pay the running costs of Knutsford Town Council and Mobberley Parish Council for a year, which is worth £117,702. Six local state schools will also receive a £1,300 one-off payment after the deal was struck

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