Soap actor Gary Webster, who has appeared in Eastenders and Hollyoaks, defended Brabin. But on Brabin it had a certain va-va-voom. ‘We Lady Members decided that in the House we wear a black suit, black stockings, a white blouse. ... MPs do not have an official dress code, although they are advised to wear "usual" business dress. You’d think with 220 women in the Commons today — of all shapes, sizes and sartorial tastes — we might have moved on. How does the song go? Parliament's website says: 'The Speaker has, on a number of occasions, taken exception to informal clothing, including the non-wearing of jackets and ties by men.'. Bewildered, I asked her what I should wear. Labour MP Tracy Brabin found herself at the centre of ‘shoulder-gate’ this week, when her black, off-the-shoulder dress (£35, from online retailer ASOS) slipped as she stood at the despatch box. The last time I looked, it was 2020, not 1820. What are the men so frightened of? And a Het.’ Not a hat, a Het. Ms Brabin has announced she is auctioning the off-the-shoulder dress that drew criticism (PA Wire) Ms Brabin … After the proceedings in the chamber started to be televised from 1986, it gave us women a huge advantage over our male colleagues. Tracy Brabin is a British actress and Labour Co-operative politician from Yorkshire, England. SHADOW Culture Secretary Tracy Brabin caused a stir on social media – by wearing a one-shoulder dress. Tracy has just enjoyed a great run playing feisty Carole in Emmerdale and spent most of last year playing Linda, Annie and Sharon in The Full Monty (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour and Noel Coward Theatre, West End) and is most remembered for playing Trisha Armstrong in Coronation Street. Tracy hit back, calling it ‘everyday sexism’. LABOUR MP Tracy Brabin has hit back at trolls, who called her a “slapper” after she wore an off-the-shoulder dress in the Commons. An off-the-shoulder dress worn by Tracy Brabin in the House of Commons has raised more than £20,000 for Girlguiding UK. Those nasty comments directed at Tracy Brabin probably tell us more about her critics than they do about whether an outfit is or isn’t appropriate for the parliamentary chamber. — Tracy Brabin MP (@TracyBrabin) February 4, 2020. A bid of over £17,000 has been made to buy Tracy Brabin's infamous off-the-shoulder dress, which the MP is auctioning for charity.. When Theresa May, too, rose to the post of Home Secretary, she was accused of attending a ‘busty budget in a boob-busting push-up bra’. Here, three writers argue the point . . When I was first elected in 1983, there were only 23 women MPs, so what we looked like, what we wore, got endless attention. Indeed, front-on, her ensemble, if not exactly monastic, was far from flirtatious. I begin to wonder whether women in power have learned anything from the long history of sexist abuse levied at them. 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She has let other women down, says JENNI MURRAY. She is … The pleated shoulder pencil dress which sparked the furore is now on the verge of selling out on fashion retailer ASOS.com. The sun shone as I arrived in the Commons to set up my office that wonderful day in June 1983, so I wore a summer dress and sandals. That said, I do think she can learn something from this. Are those male egos really so fragile that they shrivel at the merest glimpse of femininity? Or do such strict sartorial codes of conduct belong to a bygone age? The regular surgeries are on an appointment basis only and can be booked by calling 01924 900036 or emailing tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk. The shocking truth is that we don’t seem to have come very far from the days of Gladstone and Disraeli. Except, it seems, if you happen to be a middle-aged female MP who’s been caught on the hop in an off-the-shoulder dress. 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