Diane Abbott has said she is “sincerely sorry” for drinking alcohol on public transport.
The shadow Home Secretary was seen sipping from a premixed Marks & Spencer’s mojito can on a Transport for London Overground train, on which drinking alcohol is banned.
Her apology came after The Sun published an image of the Labour MP with the can. The photo quickly went viral on Twitter.
“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 tweeted.
The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP received a number of supportive messages on the social media platform, despite the misdemeanour.
“I’ve never felt more represented,” one person posted.
Another simply wrote: “Babe live your life.”
Drink and ride ban
Drinking alcohol was banned on all TfL services in 2008 when Boris Johnson was the Mayor of London.
“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,” Mr Johnson said at the time.
“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.”
Ms Abbott recently came under fire for pledging her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange following his removal from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrest last week.
She suggested Mr Assange had become a target for authorities because he had “exposed wrongdoing by US administrations and their military forces”.
The 47-year-old Australian sought refuge at the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a case of alleged sexual assault.
He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police for breach of bail and following an extradition request made by the American government. Mr Assange was later found guilty of failing to surrender at Westminster Magistrates Court.
He is set to appear in court via a video link on 2 May to respond to US extradition charges over the leaking of 700,000 documents obtained by ex-intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Responding to a Commons statement made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Mr Assange, Ms Abbott praised the activist journalist for exposing activities relating to “illegal war, mass murder murder of civilians and corruption on a grand scale”.