Travel to the NHS Confederation conference from London was derailed by signalling faults.

As the massed ranks of NHS management squeezed on to trains at Milton Keynes going anywhere apart from their destination - Liverpool - NHS Employers deputy director Alastair Henderson squeezed through carriages staring at anyone female.

He was searching for conference chair Sarah Montague; being a radio presenter he had no idea what she looked liked. He eventually tracked her down over an hour later.

“I’ve been walking up and down accosting various people. Almost got thrown off two or three times,” he explained to a bemused Ms Montague.