AN OFF-the-shoulder dress worn by Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has topped £20,000 in a charity auction.
The Labour MP was branded a “tart” by trolls on social media after wearing the black dress, which slipped off her shoulder when she leaned on the despatch box to address the House of Commons last Tuesday.
She has since decided to sell the dress on eBay, with all proceeds going to Girlguiding – a charity for girls and young women in the UK.
The auction was due to end yesterday (Thursday) and at the time of going to print, bids had hit £18,500.
Ms Brabin said: “When I went into the chamber to raise an important point on press freedom, I never expected it to cause a stir in the way it has.
“The debate has drawn awareness of how rife everyday sexism still is in society and how women are held to a higher standard than men, judged by how they look not by what they say.
“I decided to auction off the dress to raise money for Girlguiding UK; it’s a brilliant charity that does so much great work to empower girls to become confident young women.
“I didn’t expect the bidding to get this high and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received in the past week.”