Why was Jeremy Corbyn posing next to a toilet?

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Mr Corbyn was pictured in a toilet cubicle wearing goggles and a baseball cap

It seems - at first glance - a rather strange photograph.

Jeremy Corbyn, wearing goggles and a cap, leaning on the door of a train toilet.

But there is a logical explanation: the Labour leader was visiting a rail factory in Doncaster on Thursday.

Mr Corbyn used the visit to Wabtec Rail to pledge Labour action on the economy and jobs after Brexit.

But the photo - taken by a Press Association photographer - has prompted a stream of comments, with many suggesting it was ill-advised.

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By Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

Let me take you along to what we call a political photo op.

Traditionally, at least for the last 20-odd years anyway, these have tended to be highly choreographed affairs.

Someone employed by the politician, who has a keen eye for how a picture will look and what headline writers might be tempted to attach to it, will survey the landscape in front of them.

Owl-like, the spin doctor will be looking for hostages to fortune.

Like a leader in trouble being snapped near an exit sign, for instance.

Enter Jeremy Corbyn.

A leader who has defined himself as very different from the generation of political leaders before him by eschewing the conventions of modern politics.

So, while many a politico would avoid being snapped examining a toilet cubicle - the potential headlines are as crude as they are obvious - Mr Corbyn would argue he was visiting a train factory, and so what? Don't be so superficial.

Mr Corbyn - whose team has declined to comment - was also photographed away from the toilet.

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Mr Corbyn was also photographed taking his own pictures during the visit

And he's not the first politician to be photographed in unfortunate circumstances.

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Boris Johnson laughed off his predicament after getting stuck on a zip wire at an Olympics event in 2012
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Gordon Brown did not realise what was behind him when posing for this shot at a school in 2009
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William Hague and his team were derided for donning matching baseball caps at an amusement park
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This awkward photo was taken as David Miliband arrived at the Labour Party conference in 2008

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