#Traingate: The essential minute-by-minute timeline of Corbyn's dramatic day


It's unlikely that you've missed out on #Traingate, or what we're sure will soon go down as one of the most dramatic days in British political history (or something like that).

In case you need to get up to speed: this morning Jeremy Corbyn caught a Virgin train and claimed that he had to sit on the floor as there were no free seats. Unfortunately, CCTV footage later revealed him to seemingly walk past several unreserved seats before making this erroneous claim. Busted (or so it would seem).

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To demystify the events that unfolded on this auspicious day, we've formulated a minute-by-minute timeline of Corbyn's Virgin Trains journey from King's Cross to Newcastle.

11:00am - Jeremy Corbyn's train leaves London King's Cross bound for Newcastle, where he was due to attend a Labour leadership hustings opposite Owen Smith in Gateshead. So far, so good.

Virgin Train at King's Cross.
(David Parry/PA)

11:07am - The Labour leader is captured on CCTV walking down the aisle of coach H, approximately seven minutes after leaving King's Cross. The footage is time-stamped at 11:10am owing to the system clock being three minutes fast, Virgin Trains said. He passes "several empty, unreserved seats", according to the rail operator.

11:08am - Passing through coach F, Mr Corbyn walks by several reserved seats which are reportedly empty, meaning passengers are free to sit in them. Separate video uploaded to Twitter by Charles B Anthony, who accompanied him on the train, claims to show Mr Corbyn walking down a carriage of full seats. It is unclear which coach this is filmed in.

11:29am - Having walked to the end of the train, the Labour leader begins filming while sitting on the train floor. During a piece to camera, he says: "Today this train is completely ram-packed."

11:43am - Footage shows him returning to coach H, where he takes a seat, according to Virgin Trains.

Between 12:50pm and 12:53pm - The train makes its first scheduled stop at York.

Between 1:19pm and 1:21pm - It pulls into its second stop, Darlington.

1:54pm - Mr Corbyn leaves coach H at Newcastle station, after the train arrived approximately five minutes late.

Later, Virgin issued a press release with the CCTV footage claiming to disprove Corbyn's allegations - and from then on the Twittersphere jumped on the proverbial train.