Labour MP Tracy Brabin auctioning controversial off-the-shoulder dress on eBay

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The Labour MP at the centre of the Commons ‘shouldergate’ furore is auctioning off the controversial dress.

Tracy Brabin, 58, sparked outrage 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 has now decided to put the £35 ASOS dress on eBay to raise money for charity. 

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 60 bids so far, with the highest currently at £210. 

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 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, leaving 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 called the outfit ‘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.’ 

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.’      #

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.’ 

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