Jeremy Corbyn has been pictured sitting on the floor of a packed train after being unable to find a seat for the three-hour journey.
The Labour leader was filmed by a fellow passenger on the the Virgin East Coast train with a cup of coffee, a brown paper bag and a copy of Private Eye magazine as he made his way to Newcastle from London.
His uncomfortable journey came on the same day that he backed walkouts by rail workers.
However, he seemed unconcerned about his seating situation, refusing to take a seat in First Class where several were available.
Long journey: Jeremy Corbyn sat on the floor of the packed train
The 67-year-old explained: “Is it fair that I should upgrade my ticket whilst others who might not be able to afford such a luxury should have to sit on the floor?
“It’s their money I would be spending after all.”
Speaking to the camera, he added: “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.
Policy: Mr Corbyn also called out for more trains (Grab)
“The reality is there are not enough trains, we need more of them - and they’re also incredibly expensive.”
Fellow passenger Ellen praised Mr Corbyn’s actions, telling the Guardian: “It was refreshing. It made me realise that it shouldn’t be a surprise to see a politician travelling alongside average commuters.
“They should be on the same level as the general public.”
Mr Corbyn was on his way to a leadership debate with challenger Owen Smith.