Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has given his backing to striking train drivers on Southern rail, saying he would join a picket line in support of them.
The first of six day-long stoppages this month by drivers in the Aslef and RMT unions over who should operate train doors began at midnight.
Corbyn said Southern had “behaved in a terrible manner”
He called on the government to take the franchise back into public ownership.
“The government seem to be more interested in protecting Southern rail despite its appalling service.
“I would want that franchise brought back into public ownership and the public sector.
“After all, we provide the rails, we provide the trains and they make the profits from running them,” he said.