A Labor frontbencher who has faced social media abuse for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the Commons has said she will wear the outfit again.
The trolling began on Monday night, when one Twitter user shared a photo of Tracy Brabin MP wearing the outfit and asked: “Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?”.
The post gained more than 3, 728, comments, including one asking her to “put some clothes on love” and others saying she looked “drunk”, “classless” and like a “slapper”.
Boris Johnson , Jeremy Corbyn and Dominic Cummings often faced criticism for their appearances, Ms Brabin said this was about “more than looking scruffy”.
“It’s about being sexualized – and a lot of the comments were sexualized – and that’s where it steps over the line , “she said.
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“That sort of language is derogatory, it’s demeaning.”
“I’m a representative of my constituency, of women who want to wear what they choose, and it’s the sexualization of it that is troubling. “
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The MP also took aim at how “social media is full of people who can be quite anonymous and … use politicians as a punching bag “, adding that female MPs faced” high levels of abuse “over Brexit, which” obviously hasn’t gone away “.
She said the debate focusing on women’s outfits took attention away from the important issues she was discussing while wearing the dress, including Downing Street’s decision to order senior journalists from major news outlets to leave before a briefing on Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans .
“And suddenly it’s all about a shoulder,” she said.
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