- Virgin Trains has revealed that seats were available when Labour leader Jeremey Corbyn decided to film himself sitting on the floor.
- Former Shadow Transport Spokesperson, Cllr. John Leech, claims Virgin staff and passengers deserve an apology.
- Leech: "Cheap stunts like this only undermine public confidence in politicians."
CCTV footage released today shows Jeremey Corbyn walking past coaches of empty seats before choosing to sit on the floor of a three-hour Virgin Trains service from London to Newcastle in order to film a publicity stunt.
John Leech, former MP for Manchester Withington said: "These kinds of cheap media stunts only highlight how cynical Corbyn and his ill-advising team really are.
"Cheap stunts like this only undermine public confidence in politicians."
Virgin CEO, Sir Richard Branson, released the footage today with a message saying: "Mr Corbyn and team walked past empty unreserved seats then filmed claim train was ‘ram-packed'"
Cllr. John Leech, who successfully promised, and delivered, the local Metrolink system in Manchester, added: said: "I have always supported more trains, better public transport and increased frequency, but Corbyn's PR stunt is insulting to both passengers and staff, and he should apologise immediately."
Approximately seven minutes after departure from King’s Cross on 11th August, CCTV shows Jeremy Corbyn walking past several empty, unreserved seats in Coach H, then walking past reserved but empty seats in Coach F before being filmed sitting on the floor.
After filming, he then returned to Coach H to take one of the available seats more than two hours before his final destination.
Cllr. John Leech, former Shadow Transport Spokesperson, added: "For more than ten years I travelled with Virgin Trains from Manchester to London and back again. I only ever received exemplary service.