Labour MP and former Corrie actress Tracy Brabin has defended her dress choice for parliament after being called a ‘slapper’ and a ‘tart’.
The Shadow culture secretary, 58, wore a black off-shoulder midi dress to the House of Commons, which led to her being bombarded with abuse.
Appearing on Lorraine, the MP said that her choice of outfit, saying: “It does feel that it’s always a great way to demean women who are in a position of power. The way to do it is just talk about what they’re wearing or how they look.
“There is so much going on at the moment that is really important.”
She added: “I know that if it was my predecessor Tom Watson, nobody would be talking about his tie.”
Asked whether she accepts the fact that the dress could be ‘distracting’, she said: “It did slip slightly because I have a broken ankle, so I had to lean a little bit on the dispatch box.
“It is a huge distraction from what I’m saying and what’s important about transparency and politics standards working with the press.”
The black dress has since flown off shelves, with retailer ASOS listing the dress as ‘selling fast’.
Brabin also hit back at the complaints on Twitter, saying: “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 have just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder…”
Lorraine viewers rushed to Twitter to back the MP, with one simply saying: “It’s a shoulder.”
Another said: “If men are distracted by seeing shoulders then I'd worry about them being in Parliament to begin with.”
A third said: “Getting more attention over a shoulder, than the subject matter being debated! If anyone is distracted by her attire, then they are the one's being inappropriate. Stop looking at her shoulder, rack or anything else. Just listen!”
But some viewers weren’t happy with the MP, with one tweeting: “If I went to work like that I’d be sent home. She’s not on a night out. Inappropriate.”
Another wrote: “Woman wears inappropriate clothes to work. Wonders why the message is lost.”
“Oh so the attention seeker is now on Lorraine. Seriously she does look like she has been on a night out. But who really cares?” ranted a third viewer.
And a third argued: “Imagine if a male MP wore shorts or a sleeveless t shirt.”