Jeremy Corbyn walked past empty seats before sitting on floor, claims Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains Corbyn image

Virgin Trains published this image along with its statement

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's claim that he was forced to sit on the floor of a train has been rubbished by the operator.

Virgin Trains claims seats were available on the train from London to Newcastle in which Corbyn was filmed sitting on the floor.

Corbyn, who advocates renationalising Britain's railway system, claimed the train was 'ram-packed' but CCTV footage published by Virgin appears to show the politician walking past empty seats.

Virgin claims Corbyn walked through the train to the far end and his team then sat on the floor and started filming.

In a statement, Virgin claims the footage "shows Mr Corbyn returning to coach H and taking a seat there, with the help of the onboard crew, around 45 minutes into the journey and over two hours before the train reached Newcastle. Mr Corbyn’s team carried out their filming around 30 minutes into the journey.

"There were also additional empty seats on the train (the 11am departure from King’s Cross) which appear from CCTV to have been reserved but not taken, so they were also available for other passengers to sit on."

talkRADIO contacted Mr. Corbyn's office for a response but has yet to receive one.