George Osborne refuses to sit in standard class despite NOT having First Class ticket

Chancellor George Osborne and his aide Credit: Rachel Townsend/ITV Granada

Cheshire MP George Osborne has been arguing with ticket collectors after he refused to sit in standard class on a train to London. He had a standard class ticket but sat in first class.

Our reporter Rachel Townsend is on the train. She said:

"George Osborne got on the train with aides at Wilmslow and went straight to first class. Then his aide approached the ticket collector right next to me. He said he is travelling with George and he has a standard ticket but can he remain in first class?

"The guard said no. The aide said Osborne couldn't possibly sit in standard class. The guard replied saying if he wants to stay it's £160.

"The aide said he couldn't pay and he couldn't really sit in standard. The guard refused to budge.

"The guard went on gathering tickets and later told me Osborne had agreed to cough up the £160."