Train fault cancels Labour Party fare rise protest in Leeds
The shadow transport secretary says he was forced to cancel an event as part of protests against rail fare increases - after his train broke down.
Andy McDonald was due to speak in Leeds but his train from London King's Cross stopped near Grantham due to a fault.
Average rail ticket prices have risen by 3.4% across the UK, with many commuters paying more than £100.
Mr McDonald said: "If anything ever demonstrated just how broken this system is its this today."
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The Labour politician had been at a similar protest event outside King's Cross station, one of a number taking place across the country.
In a video posted on Twitter Mr McDonald said: "My day of campaigning for a publicly-owned railway has been interrupted today because of the breakdown of this Virgin Train as I head to Leeds - it's run out of power, a little bit like the Tories."
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said it was investing in the "biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian times".
He added that regulated fares - which comprise about half of all tickets - have been capped in line with inflation for the past five years.