Tracy Brabin: MP hits back at Twitter 'keyboard warriors'

An official portrait of Labour MP Tracy Brabin

An official portrait of Labour MP Tracy Brabin

In response to someone who questioned whether the outfit was "appropriate attire for parliament", Brabin noted others had called her a "tart", "slapper", and "slag", who looked as though she'd "just been banged over a wheelie bin".

Meanwhile, Brabin's critics have doubled down, arguing that the presence of a shoulder suggests that she has "no respect for Parliament". Brabin further explained the news website how her off-shoulder dress had slightly slipped as she leant forward to speak.

Twitter seemed more interested in Brabin's shoulder than the threat to press freedom, however.

Dozens slated the former actress for having her shoulder exposed while she spoke a the dispatch box.

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Speaking on Sky's Sarah-Jane Mee, Ms Brabin called criticism of the dress "everyday sexism".

But others leapt to her defence, with one supporter claiming she could "wear a bikini" as long as he continues to fight for social causes.

"Male members of parliament have also come under fire in recent years for their appearance and choice of attire - Boris Johnson being likened to a "scarecrow" and Jeremy Corbyn criticised for failing to wear a tie, for example - however, they were not criticised in the same vitriolic way". Permanently scruffy, but I guess that's ok...'

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Tracy Brabin was born in Batley, half of the West Yorkshire constituency she now represents in Westminster, in May 1961.

Another tweet came from Brexit Party Candidate, Deneice Florence-Jukes, who wrote: "Trying to work out if @TracyBrabin is on her way out or on her way back from clubbing!"

Corrie fans will recognise the MP for her role as Tricia Armstrong in the long-running soap opera.

She is now the MP for Batley and Spen and has held the seat since 2016, following a by-election after the murder of Jo Cox.

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