Diane Abbott 'sorry' for drinking mojito on TfL train

19 April 2019, 23:59 | Updated: 20 April 2019, 08:00

Diane Abbott says she is "sincerely sorry for drinking on TfL" after a picture emerged of the Labour MP enjoying a cocktail on her commute.

The snap of the shadow home secretary began doing the rounds on Twitter after it appeared in The Sun, which showed her sipping from a can of M&S; mojito on a Transport for London Overground train - which is banned.

The Labour frontbencher tweeted an apology for drinking the minty alcoholic beverage, which is made with white rum and lime flavours.

"A photo of me drinking from a can of M&S; mojito on the Overground has been circulated. I'm sincerely sorry for drinking on TFL," she said.

But it seems most people were supportive of the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, with some even inviting her out for drinks.

One person wrote: "I've never felt more represented", while another said: "Babe live your life".

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

At the time, Mr Johnson said: "I'm determined to improve the safety and security of public transport in London and create a better environment for the millions of Londoners who rely on it.

"That's why from this Sunday 1 June [2008] the drinking of alcohol will be banned from the Tube, tram, buses and Docklands Light Railway, with the full support of the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police.

"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."