Jeremy Corbyn Reacts Angrily To Questions About Virgin Train Row

Last night Corbyn’s campaign spokesman suggested Virgin owner Sir Richard Branson was having a “pop” at the Labour leader because he was “upset” at the party’s plan to renationalise the railways.

Corbyn said today: “I am very pleased Richard Branson has been able to break off from his holiday to take this issue as seriously with the importance it obviously deserves.

“I hope he is very well aware of our policies, which is train operating companies should become part of the public realm not the private sector.”

Corbyn was asked by ITV if he was a “liar” for having claimed there were no free seats on the train from Kings Cross when Virgin said there were. “I was hoping you were going to ask questions about the NHS – but sadly you’re not,” he said.

A spokesman for Virgin Trains said yesterday the company has to “take issue with the idea that Mr Corbyn wasn’t able to be seated on the service, as this clearly wasn’t the case”.

Corbyn’s campaign team said he was unable to find unreserved seats for his group, which included aide Emma Rees and his wife Laura Alvarez, so he sat with other passengers in the corridor who were also unable to secure a seat.

The Labour leader used the experience to make a point about what he said was “a problem that many passengers face every day” over overcrowded trains.

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