Diane Abbott caught drinking M&S ‘tinny’ on London Overground – Twitter reacts

The ‘train tinny’ has been hailed a British institution in defence of Diane Abbott after the shadow Home Secretary was photographed drinking an M&S mojito on a London Overground train.

Abbott apologised after pictures emerged of her drinking on a TFL train yesterday afternoon.

Boris Johnson banned alcohol on London 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.”

But there has been a surge of solidarity since the news broke, with many people hailing the ‘train tinny’ as a British institution.

Labour MP, David Lammy, replied to her tweet, saying: “Sorry for what? Why wasn’t the rum Jamaican.”

And Metro writer Ellen Scott declared that the train tinny is a vital part of British culture in this piece.

Other people have even taken to ranking M&S drink mixers – which are widely available at British train stations.

We pick the best of the reactions below:

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