British Chancellor George Osborne forced to pay £160 after sitting in first class train cabin with standard ticket
BRITISH Chancellor George Osborne has been forced to pay a £160 (€200) train ticket upgrade after sitting in first class with only a standard ticket.
The Cabinet minister boarded the train to Euston at Wilmslow, Cheshire this afternoon, before settling into first class with his special adviser.
But he was then challenged by a ticket collector who refused to allow the Chancellor to remain in his premium-priced seat - unless he paid the extra.
His special adviser reportedly said Mr Osborne, number three politician in the Cabinet, could not possibly remove himself to sit among the general public in standard class for the two hour journey to London.
The embarrassing gaffe, described as a "stand-off", was observed by ITV reporter Rachel Townsend who tweeted the exchange between the Tory MP and the ticket collector.
A spokesman for Mr Osborne did not immediately respond when called by the Press Association.