Bids for Labour MP's £35 off-the-shoulder dress reach £13,000 on eBay

Charity bids for Labour MP Tracy Brabin’s £35 off-the-shoulder dress that sparked outrage when she wore it in the Commons reach £13,000 on eBay

  • The 58-year-old was accused of looking like ‘hungover tart’ by social media users
  • She claimed off-the-shoulder dress slipped further because of her broken ankle 
  • She is now selling £35 ASOS dress on eBay for charity where it has had 136 bids

Bids for the controversial off-the-shoulder dress worn by a Labour MP in the House of Commons have reached £13,000 in a charity auction.

Tracy Brabin, 58, sparked outrage earlier this week after her black off-the-shoulder dress slipped down her arm at the despatch box. 

The shadow culture secretary was slammed for the ‘inappropriate’ Westminster attire and branded a ‘hungover tart’ by trolls on social media. 

But amid the uproar, the Batley and Spen MP decided to put the £35 ASOS dress on eBay to raise money for charity where bidding has so far reached £13,000.

Labour MP for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin, 58, sparked outrage earlier this week after her black off-the-shoulder dress slipped down her arm at the despatch box 

The listing posted by Ms Brabin, who used to be an actress on Coronation Street, 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 – and is now sold out!

‘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 to be leaders.’ 

The dress has received 136 bids so far.

Amid the uproar, the Batley and Spen MP decided to put the £35 ASOS dress on eBay to raise money for charity where bidding has so far reached £13,000

Ms Brabin admitted the dress was off-the-shoulder but said that it had slipped down further when she leaned across the despatch box to speak. She claims her broken ankle meant she had to stoop further while asking a question which left her arm exposed

Ms Brabin, who won her seat in the by-election triggered by the death of murdered MP Jo Cox, admitted the dress was off-the-shoulder but said that it had slipped down further when she leaned across the despatch box to speak. 

She claims her broken ankle meant she had to stoop further while asking a question about the ongoing row on journalists in Downing Street which left her arm exposed.    

One Twitter user shared a photograph of her wearing the dress and asked: ‘Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?’

Critics including Piers Morgan also branded the outfit as ‘inappropriate for the Commons’. 

TV commentator Carole Malone added: ‘It wasn’t just off the shoulder it was completely off the shoulder. 

‘There is a dress code in Parliament. If a male MP turned up in joggers and track suit he would be criticised and rightly so. When you wear something like that it detracts form what you’re saying.’ 

 

 

The dress has since been a topic of discussion on the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday where one audience member described it as ‘a disco outfit’. 

In a sharply worded response, Ms Brabin, who played Tricia Armstrong on Corrie between 1994 and 1997, replied: ‘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, Just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder.’ 

Tracy Brabin is pictured playing Tricia Armstrong on Coronation Street in 1996 alongside co-star Michael Le Vell 

She later told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show: ‘I had been at an event with UK Music and the thing about the points of order, they come at you as a surprise, so you’re not always camera ready when you are in politics. 

‘It did slip slightly, because I have a broken ankle and I had to lean a little bit on the dispatch box.’ 

On Friday Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey defended Ms Brabin and criticised the levels of scrutiny faced by women politicians over their appearance.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said: ‘Women tend to get that scrutiny far more than men. It is routine for women in politics and in public life, unfortunately.’

THE CLASSIC LITTLE BLACK DRESS… WITH A SEXIER EDGE 

ASOS’ purse-friendly £35 off-the-shoulder number, which is flying off the online retailer’s shelves at lightning speed after Ms Brabin wore it while speaking in the Commons yesterday, offers fashion fans a versatile – and more risque – twist on a timeless classic. 

Away from the high street, couture designers have long been fans of this particularly flattering take on the LBD design. 

Roland Mouret is currently selling a similar incarnation of the black shoulder-baring dress for a princely £1,757, while US designer Norma Kamali has a more affordable option, retailing at £105.

ASOS £35 version of the classic black pencil dress is made from Bodycon, which ensures it offers wearers a close fit


Was Roland Mouret’s 2020 black shoulder-baring dress, which retails at £1,757, the inspiration for ASOS’ version? Right, US designer Norma Kamali has a more affordable option, at £105

So, what’s the appeal? Versatility; with a smart jacket, the pleated pencil dress can seamlessly become business attire. 

And the more daring shoulder element ensures it can be transformed effortlessly into evening wear. A kick-split at the back of the dress makes it comfortable to wear too. 

ASOS’ cut-price version of the close-fitting classic uses Bodycon to accentuate the figure in all the right places – and might actually be reasonably modest were it not for the more risky off-the-shoulder element. 

Indeed, Ms Brabin admitted that the dress’ shoulder strap had ‘slipped’ when she reached to the microphone to speak yesterday.  

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