MP Tracy Brabin Hits Back After Online Trolls Criticise Her House of Commons Outfit
Jeez, what is this, the Victorian era? Are people actually bothered by seeing a woman's shoulder?
Anyway, Brabin, the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, spoke at the dispatch box on Tuesday wearing a black dress that was off one of her shoulders, but then claims to have received a lot of abuse on the internet from people calling her a "slag", suggesting she was "hungover" or had been "banged over a wheelie bin".
The MP, who is also the shadow culture secretary, tweeted out: 'Hello. 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..."'
This was all in response to a person who asked whether her outfit was really "appropriate attire for Parliament."
Get a life, mate. Parliament is often criticised as being too stuffy and unrepresentative - but it seems that it can't win either way.
Brabin, in her role as shadow culture secretary, was actually raising a point of order regarding Downing Street's decision to send away journalists from some of the UK's major news outlets before a briefing from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his Brexit strategy.
No, but it's someone's shoulder that is the real issue at stake here, right?
Speaking to the house, the 58-year-old, said: "The ability of the lobby to have access to briefings without favour is a longstanding tradition, and one vital to the health of a functioning democracy.
"The government's behaviour in these matters threatens the civil service's core values of impartiality and objectivity.
"It also brings into question the integrity of future government media briefings and the conduct of their special advisers, and it damages a free and vibrant press, which is central to this parliamentary democracy."
Brabin has previously spoken out about sexism in politics before. In fact, she accused some folks in her own party of attempting to run deselection campaigns against female MPs that she said had an "element of misogyny" ahead of last December's general election.
After her comments on that matter, the Labour party denied all allegations that women were being unfairly targeted.
Well, it's fair to say that she's been unfairly targeted on this occasion.
It's a shoulder, folks. Deal with it.
Hey, at least she wasn't slouched over the front benches like some sort of smug overgrown schoolchild. No-one would ever dream of doing something like that, right?
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