Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
Labour leader yesterday claimed that a Virgin train, going from London to Newcastle, was so “ram-packed” he was forced to sit on the floor.
To this, Virgin Trains owner Sir Richard Branson released CCTV footage showing the Labour leader walking past empty seats before he sat on the floor and created a film.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) 23 August 2016
In the footage, Corbyn said: “This is a problem that many passengers face every day, commuters and long-distance travellers. Today this train is completely ram-packed.
“The staff are absolutely brilliant, working really hard to help everybody.
“The reality is there are not enough trains, we need more of them – and they’re also incredibly expensive.”
This morning, Sam Tarry, the campaign director for Corbyn’s leadership campaign, blasted Branson as a “tax exile” who is “literally laughing all the way to the bank at British taxpayers’ expense”.
Tarry told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The bigger story is that a tax exile of more than 10 years decides to lay into [Jeremy Corbyn] on social media in a very public way.
“Richard Branson is literally laughing all the way to the bank at the British taxpayers’ expense. In the last year this chap has made some £53m directly from the taxpayer.”