The Politician Who Had To Defend Her Outfit In Work: "I Am Not A Tart, Hungover Or A Slapper."

The recently appointed shadow culture secretary has cited the comments as 'everyday sexism' at play.

A Labour frontbencher has hit back at trolls who said she looked like a “slapper” for showing a shoulder in her place of work.

Tuesday in the House of Commons saw MP and Shadow Culture Secretary Tracy Brabin scrutinised for her decision to wear an asymmetrical dress – which, when draped correctly, displays the wearer's shoulder – while in Parliament. 

Her remarks came after a Twitter user shared a photograph of her wearing the outfit and asked: "Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?" alongside the hashtag #DressStandards.

The post was met with hundreds of replies, including one which read: “Looks like she was banged over the wheelie bin at the back of the pub last night.”

The shadow culture secretary replied to the tweet, writing: "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] just been banged over a wheelie bin. 

"Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder..."

Her retort received widespread support, with some 80,000 people liking her tweet – including UK-based charity WomensEquality, who posted a defensive tweet on her behalf.

"WE support Tracy Brabin opposing Downing St's decision ordering senior journalists to leave before the briefing for Boris Johnson's Brexit plans," they tweeted – referring to the point she was making while wearing the garment. 

"Government decisions must be accessible in a democratic society. Her shoulder is irrelevant."

Brabin has since called out the remarks, deeming them as 'everyday sexism', telling Lorraine'We have a duty to call out everyday sexism, but also to protect our young girls'.

The Labour MP has also spoken out against sexism in politics before, accusing some activists from her own party of trying to run deselection campaigns targeting female MPs that displayed an “element of misogyny”, shortly before the most recent general election.

At the time, the party denied allegations women were being unfairly targeted.

MPs do not have an official dress code, although the House of Commons says they should wear clothes that "might ordinarily be worn for a fairly formal business transaction".

"The Speaker has, on a number of occasions, taken exception to informal clothing, including the non-wearing of jackets and ties by men," Parliament's website states.

Male MPs were told in 2017 they did not need to wear ties in the chamber by the then Speaker, John Bercow.

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