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Train fault cancels Labour Party fare rise protest in Leeds

Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald at rail fare increase protest Image copyright PA
Image caption Andy McDonald was taking part in a series of protests against rail fare increases

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."

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.

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