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Tracy Brabin's one-shoulder dress auctioned off for £20,200

A one-shoulder dress worn by Labour MP Tracy Brabin has raised more than £20,200 for Girlguiding UK.

The black outfit, originally bought from Asos for £35, was auctioned off on eBay after it hit headlines last week.

Brabin was forced to defend the dress after it slipped down her shoulder as she leaned on the despatch box in the Commons due to her broken ankle.

Her attire caused a flurry of misogynistic comments on social media, with some Twitter users asking if she was ‘appropriately dressed’ for parliament.

In response, Brabin then took to her own account to confirm that she was not a ‘slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper, drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin’.


The Labour frontbencher shared her joy at auctioning the dress off, stating that young girls’ lives ‘will be changed because of this money’.

She then attended a meeting of the 1st Roberttown and Norristhorpe Guides, based in her constituency of Batley and Spen.

Brabin said earlier today: ‘It’s extremely humbling to be able to do this for Girlguiding and I am looking forward to attending a meeting tonight and celebrating with the girls.

‘I want to encourage them to really be proud of who they are, to support each other as girls and to not take any criticism from anyone – particularly boys – as I have found in my experiences with Twitter.’

The auction on the dress ended at 6.41pm, with the winning bidder paying £20,200 plus £3.48 postage.

More than 180 bids were placed on the outfit, with the price starting at just £10.

Brabin said: ‘I thought I would maybe get £500 for it, which would have been amazing. I do not think in three years being an MP anything has made quite as much an impact like this.’

A member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel, Henrietta, 15, said ‘shouldergate’ showed that female MPs ‘are often vilified for their looks, not their actions’.

She continued: ‘This demeans girls and our aspirations to be politicians. But Tracy Brabin – and all the people who supported her and Girlguiding by bidding on the dress – have shown that oppression is never acceptable.

‘Girlguiding helped me persevere against the judgement of my looks. I’m elated that the money raised is going to an organisation that inspires girls and builds our confidence at a time where women’s concerns are dismissed as “humbug”.’

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