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Immigration minister Robert Jenrick is facing claims that he left his ministerial briefcase unattended on a train.
The Sun newspaper reported that witnesses had seen the Home Office minister leave his red box unattended for at the very least 4 minutes.
A spokesman for the minister strongly denied any suggestion that the politician had abandoned the box.
In keeping with the report, Mr Jenrick was on a train back to his Newark constituency on Friday morning.
The paper also published pictures that it said shows the red box on a seat in a top quality carriage on the train.
The minister could now face questions on whether a security breach was committed.
A spokesman for the Conservative minister told The Sun: “Mr Jenrick was working on the train throughout the journey, together with his ministerial box close by in any respect times.
“He sat within the seat on to the left of this misleading photo and he left the train together with his locked ministerial box.”