By Brendan Carlin Political Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 23:33 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 20 April 2019
Diane Abbott should be prosecuted for flouting a drink ban on a train, Conservative MPs demanded last night.
They called on the Shadow Home Secretary to face the consequences after being caught swigging a rum cocktail on a London Overground train last week.
She was forced to apologise after being photographed breaching the strict ‘no alcohol’ rule on all trains and buses run by Transport for London (TfL).
The Labour frontbencher tweeted: ‘A photo of me drinking from a can of M&S mojito on the Overground has been circulated.
A photograph taken of Diane Abbott on the London Overground drinking a £2 M&S mojito has emerged
Ms Abbott said on Twitter she was 'sincerely sorry' for drinking the Marks and Spencer cocktail
‘I’m sincerely sorry for drinking on TfL.’
But last night Tory MPs said the apology did not go far enough, and called on TfL to prosecute Ms Abbott for breaking a ban introduced in 2008.
Harrow East MP Bob Blackman said: ‘It’s up to a Shadow Home Secretary to set an example by obeying the rules – not openly flout them. Diane should be prosecuted by TfL for this.
‘She can have no excuse. Not only is she a London MP but this very sensible rule has been in place for over a decade now.’
Harrow East MP Bob Blackman said: ‘It’s up to a Shadow Home Secretary to set an example by obeying the rules – not openly flout them' He added that she should be prosecuted
He was backed by fellow Tory MP Paul Scully, who added: