The Chancellor George Osborne had to pay for an upgrade after he sat in a first class train carriage with a standard class ticket.
Early reports suggested an aide to Mr Osborne initially refused to pay a supplement, but Virgin Trains said there was no disagreement.
Talking of his days of getting the train to London, Gyles Brandreth, a former Conservative MP, looked back on being accosted by Ann Widdecombe while attempting to sit in first class: "Do you think you are a first class person [she said]
stay in standard, you can't go wrong."
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