Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 25 November 2015

MPs should travel first-class because they are 'different people', says Tory

Published 19/02/2010

A Tory MP said MPs should be allowed to claim taxpayer-funded expenses to travel first-class on trains because passengers in standard class are “a totally different type of people”.

Sir Nicholas Winterton said that people travelling on the cheaper standard tickets had “a different outlook on life” and were unlikely to be working during their journey.

The Macclesfield MP told BBC Radio 5 Live's Stephen Nolan show: “If I was in standard class, I would not do work because people would be looking over my shoulder all the time, there would be noise, there would be distraction.”

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