Diane Abbott 'sorry' for drinking mojito on TfL train

Posted On: 
20th April 2019

Diane Abbott has apologised after a picture emerged of the Shadow Home Secretary drinking a cocktail on her commute.

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The Sun’s website published a picture of the Labour frontbencher drinking a canned Marks and Spencer cocktail while riding on a London Overground train, despite a decade-long ban on drinking on the capital's services.

Writing on Twitter last night, Ms Abbott said: "A photo of me drinking a can of M&S mojito on the Overground has been circulated. I'm sincerely sorry for drinking on TFL."

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Responding to her Twitter apology, fellow Labour MP, David Lammy, said: “Sorry for what? Why wasn’t the rum Jamaican.”

The frontbencher recieved other supportive messages with one person writing: "I've never felt more represented."

Boris Johnson was responsible for banning alcohol on TfL services in 2008 when he was mayor of London.

At the time he said: "I firmly believe that banning the drinking of alcohol on London's public transport will create a better travelling environment for all Londoners and that if we drive out antisocial behaviour and so-called minor crime then we will be able to get a firm grip on more serious crime."