MP hits back after House of Commons 'Shouldergate' row

MP hits back after House of Commons 'Shouldergate' row

TRACY Brabin MP has hit back at Twitter ‘keyboard warriors’ after a row over an image of her wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons went viral. 

The shadow culture secretary said people need to “listen to what we (women) say, not what we wear”. 

In a BBC interview Ms Brabin admitted that she had been “startled by the vitriolic nature” of some comments and said that it was her responsibility to call it out. 

The MP for Batley & Spen was in the House of Commons on Monday to discuss journalists being asked to leave a Downing Street press briefing on the next stage of Brexit talks. She said that she wore the slightly off-the-shoulder dress to a music event earlier in the day and was not expecting to be called to the dispatch box. 

She added that the dress had slipped as she leant forward to speak. 

“The context of this is frankly absurd. I’m here talking about a shoulder when it is an important time for the media,” she said. 

“This is everyday sexism. Women are continually judged for what they wear, how they look and not what they say. Why is that? It’s a way to silence us.” 

But Ms Brabin added that she tried to not take the comments too seriously as they likely came from “keyboard warriors sat in their mum’s back bedroom eating Pot Noodles and having a pop at people they don’t know anything about.” 

The original image of the outfit was posted to Twitter, accompanied with the caption: “Is this really appropriate attire for Parliament?” 

Ms Brabin responded with her own tweet which read: “Hello. Sorry I don’t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I’m not: A slag; hungover; a tart; about to breastfeed; a slapper; drunk, or just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder.” 

Among thousands of others online, Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan had his say on the debate, tweeting: “Trolls that abused Ms Brabin are disgusting, but it’s not ‘sexist’ to think this outfit was a tad inappropriate for Parliament.”

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