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US News MP's off-the-shoulder dress raises £20,000 for Girlguiding

04:10  14 february  2020
04:10  14 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Labour MP Tracy Brabin says she's 'not hungover, breastfeeding, or been banged over a WHEELIE BIN' after critics slammed her for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons

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An off - the - shoulder dress worn by Tracy Brabin in the House of Commons has raised more £ 20 ,200 for Girlguiding UK. The Labour frontbencher was forced to defend her attire last week after it slipped down her shoulder when she leaned on the despatch box due to a broken ankle. In response to the

MP auctioned dress after facing criticism on social media when wearing it in the Commons.

a girl sitting on a chair: The dress slipped off Tracy Brabin's shoulder at the despatch box © PA The dress slipped off Tracy Brabin's shoulder at the despatch box

An MP who was criticised on social media when a dress slipped off her shoulder in parliament says she is "humbled" after the garment raised more than £20,000 for Girlguiding UK.

Labour frontbencher Tracy Brabin tweeted that "young girls' lives will be changed because of this money".

Girlguiding said it would "help us build the confidence of girls today to be the leaders of tomorrow".

The black dress - which Ms Brabin bought on ASOS for £35 - slipped as she leaned on the despatch box in the Commons because of a broken ankle.

When someone on Twitter asked if the garment was "really appropriate attire for parliament", respondents said she looked "drunk", "classless" and like a "sla**er".

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Labour MP Tracy Brabin raised £ 20 , 000 for charity after auctioning an off - the - shoulder dress which caused controversy in the Commons. The Batley and Spen MP put the black Asos dress up for sale on eBay with proceeds going to Girlguiding . Ms Brabin said young girls' "lives will be changed

Labour MP Tracy Brabin' s £ 35 off - the - shoulder Asos dress that sparked outrage when she wore it in the Commons raises £ 20 ,200 for charity in eBay auction. 'All money raised will go to Girlguiding UK to support their work helping girls build confidence and self-esteem, in the hope that they grow up

In reply, the former Coronation Street actress said she was not a "s**g, hungover, a tart (or) about to breastfeed".

The 58-year-old shadow culture secretary said she put the dress on eBay as a way of standing up for women in the workplace.

"I thought I would maybe get £500 for it, which would have been amazing," she said.

"I do not think in three years being an MP anything has made quite as much an impact like this."

The final bid came in at 6.41pm on Thursday, with the winner paying £20,200 plus £3.48 postage.

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Following the auction, Ms Brabin said she would be attending a meeting of the 1st Roberttown and Norristhorpe Guides in her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.

She said: "It's extremely humbling to be able to do this for Girlguiding and I am looking forward to attending a meeting tonight and celebrating with the girls.

"I want to encourage them to really be proud of who they are, to support each other as girls and to not take any criticism from anyone - particularly boys - as I have found in my experiences with Twitter."

a screenshot of a social media post: The dress sold for £20,200 on eBay © Other The dress sold for £20,200 on eBay

A member of Girlguiding's Advocate Panel, 15-year-old Henrietta, said "shouldergate" had shown that "female MPs are often vilified for their looks, not their actions".

She added: "This demeans girls and our aspirations to be politicians.

"But Tracy Brabin - and all the people who supported her and Girlguiding by bidding on the dress - have shown that oppression is never acceptable."

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