An MP who was criticised on social media when a dress slipped off her shoulder in parliament says she is “humbled” after the garment raised greater than £20,000 for Girlguiding UK.
Labour frontbencher Tracy Brabin tweeted that “young girls’ lives will be changed because of this money”.
Girlguiding mentioned it could “help us build the confidence of girls today to be the leaders of tomorrow”.
The black dress – which Ms Brabin purchased on ASOS for £35 – slipped as she leaned on the despatch field within the Commons due to a damaged ankle.
When somebody on Twitter requested if the garment was “really appropriate attire for parliament”, respondents mentioned she seemed “drunk”, “classless” and like a “slapper”.
In reply, the previous Coronation Street actress mentioned she was not a “slag, hungover, a tart (or) about to breastfeed”.
The 58-year-old shadow tradition secretary mentioned she put the dress on eBay as a method of standing up for girls within the office.
“I thought I would maybe get £500 for it, which would have been amazing,” she mentioned.
“I do not think in three years being an MP anything has made quite as much an impact like this.”
The ultimate bid got here in at 6.41pm on Thursday, with the winner paying £20,200 plus £3.48 postage.
Following the public sale, Ms Brabin mentioned she could be attending a gathering of the first Roberttown and Norristhorpe Guides in her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.
She mentioned: “It’s extraordinarily humbling to have the ability to do that for Girlguiding and I’m wanting ahead to attending a gathering tonight and celebrating with the women.
“I need to encourage them to actually be pleased with who they’re, to assist one another as women and to not take any criticism from anybody – notably boys – as I’ve present in my experiences with Twitter.”
A member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel, 15-year-old Henrietta, mentioned “shouldergate” had shown that “feminine MPs are sometimes vilified for their seems to be, not their actions”.
She added: “This demeans women 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.”