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Osborne denies ticket dispute

The Chancellor George Osborne paid a £189.50 upgrade after boarding a first class train carriage with a standard class ticket this afternoon. The Treasury said Mr Osborne was not aware of any row with a ticket officer.

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Chancellor in dispute with ticket collector over first class train ticket

Chancellor George Osborne and an aide were involved in a dispute with a ticket collector this afternoon after sitting in a first class train carriage despite travelling on a standard class ticket.

Rachel Townsend is a correspondent for ITV Granada:

The ticket collector then told our reporter that the Chancellor would not be allowed to stay in his seat without paying an upgrade fee.

After initially refusing to pay the extra £160, she reports, Mr Osborne eventually gave in and paid the difference to apparently settle the dispute.

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