Boris Johnson has been criticised after using a private jet to fly from Doncaster to Darlington - a journey that takes less than an hour by train.
Doncaster and Darlington are connected by a direct train route that takes 53 minutes, but the prime minister instead opted for a 25-minute flight.
Opposition parties criticised the "unnecessary and environmentally damaging" journey, while environmental groups called it "absurb and unacceptable".
Mr Johnson has often talked up his party's green credentials and last month claimed that there was "nothing more conservative than protecting our environment"..
Mr Johnson was expected to use the plane for a second flight, from the north east to the Midlands, later in the day.
It’s impossible to see what benefit could come from flying over such a short distance rather than using a train, or even campaign bus.
Conservative officials said the decision to fly had been taken because of the prime minister's tight schedule. »