UK Politics

MP Tracy Brabin auctions off-the-shoulder dress for charity

Tracy Brabin and the dress Image copyright Tracy Brabin
Image caption Tracy Brabin is auctioning the dress online

Labour MP Tracy Brabin is auctioning an off-the-shoulder dress for charity after it caused controversy in the Commons this week.

She was forced to defend her attire on Monday after her dress slipped down her shoulder as she leaned on the despatch box due to a broken ankle.

From a starting price of £10, bidding had reached over £1,600 on Friday morning, proceeds going to Girlguiding.

The listing says the ASOS dress had been "flying off the shelves".

The Batley and Spen MP had been raising a point of order in the House of Commons about journalists being asked to leave a Downing Street press briefing on the next stage of Brexit talks, when her shoulder was exposed.

Ms Brabin, the shadow culture secretary, said she had been to a music event earlier in the day and was not expecting to be called to the despatch box.

Image caption Ms Brabin was raising a point of order in the House of Commons on Monday

She later told BBC Breakfast she had been "startled by the vitriolic nature" of some comments she had received online.

She said it was her responsibility to "call it out", adding: "Women around the world... are being demeaned every day because of what they wear."

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Media captionTracy Brabin: 'A woman is always judged more harshly than a man'

Her online listing reads: "Black dress worn by Tracy Brabin MP in 'shouldergate' as widely covered across the media.

"This is an ASOS dress which has been flying off the shelves as a result of the coverage."

The money raised will go to Girlguiding, a charity for girls and young women in the UK, "in the hope that they grow up to be leaders", the listing said.

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