Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has confirmed that seats were available on a Virgin train which he had previously said was “ram packed”. Corbyn was videoed on the floor of a train to highlight the problem of over-crowded trains.
Corbyn had said at the time whilst sitting on the floor:
“This is a problem that many passengers face every day, commuters and long-distance travellers. Today this train is completely ram-packed”.
Virgin Trains this week published evidence that there were seats available, both reserved and unreserved. Virgin said that they “took issue with the idea that Mr Corbyn wasn’t able to be seated on the service, as this clearly wasn’t the case”. Evidence was shown that Corbyn was seated for the majority of the journey and did walk by empty seats.
After the evidence was presented Corbyn said that he wanted a pair of seats so that he could sit next to his wife.
Owen Smith, Corbyn’s rival in the Labour leadership contest, issued a Tweet saying:
“My campaign remains on track. Proud to be genuinely standing up for ordinary people”.