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:
Very interesting train journey to Euston Chancellor George Osborne just got on at Wilmslow with a STANDARD ticket and he has sat in FIRST
CLASS. His aide tells ticket collector he cannot possibly move and sit with the likes of us in standard class and requests he is allowed to
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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