According to reports posted online by the ITV journalist Rachel Townsend, Osborne boarded the 15.11 train to London's Euston station at Wilmslow in Cheshire on Friday afternoon and went directly to sit in a first-class carriage despite only having paid the standard fare.
The chancellor's aide approached a ticket collector and "said Osborne couldn't possibly" sit in standard class, Townsend reported.
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."
Friday, October 19, 2012
by Atrios at 12:49