Out-of-touch Tory toff leaders are facing a mass revolt from the Shires as commuters count the cost of above-inflation rail fare increases from this winter.
Lib Dem and Tory MPs are urging Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) to limit price rises because they fear a backlash in marginal seats.
Fares are going up by an average of 6.2 per cent in January - some by as much as 11 per cent.
Now MPs are lobbying for the increases to be capped at 1 per cent above inflation, resulting in a 4 per cent rise.
The government is set to pocket a third of the 6.2 per cent rise, prompting MPs and commuters to say it's a tax on commuting.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "This is Tory Home Counties MPs fighting to save their political skins over fare increases while still supporting their government's policy on privatisation that is at the root of this rail rip-off.
"This bunch of hypocrites deserve a one-way ticket to political oblivion."
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