Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner spoke to Lorraine Kelly on Tuesday about a recent report that showed her wearing a skirt and crossing her legs in the Commons to distract Boris Johnson
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Angela Rayner admitted that she made a conscious choice to wear trousers to appear in Lorraine on Tuesday following recent statements by Conservative MPs.
Speakers suggested that Labour’s Deputy Leader crossed her legs in the Commons to distract Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The report alleges that Ms Rayner deliberately misled the Prime Minister when she represented Labor leader Keir Starmer at PMQs.
The right-wing Mail on Sunday also quoted MPs attacking Ms Rayner’s PMQs’ debate skills which “she knows cannot compete with Boris’s Oxford Union debate training”.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly about the article, Ms Rayner said: “I was blown away, because when I heard that the story came out, we immediately rebutted it and was like, ‘This is disgusting. , it’s completely untrue, please don’t run such a story’.
“Because I have a teenage son, I’m with my teenage sons, I feel really sad again on my weekends… I’m trying to prepare my kids to watch things online that I don’t know. They don’t want to see their mother depicted like that.
“And I was really frustrated about that, but I was overwhelmed by people’s reactions because I just thought, ‘Is that what people expect and think about what I do? ‘
“All I worry about when it comes to the dispatch box is doing a good job and being able to do justice to my constituents and the work that I do. I just get really confused when someone has said that to a newspaper and a newspaper is reporting it.”
Angela continued: “I am not just a woman, saying I am using the fact that I am a woman against the Prime Minister – which I think is quite condescending for the Prime Minister, as well as for the Prime Minister. you see what’s his. The MPs thought about his behavior – but it was also filled with classism and about where I came from and how I grew up…”
“I see you’re wearing trousers today,” Lorraine later commented, before asking, “Is that something you have to think about first? What are you wearing?”
Angela replied: “I thought so because the last time I was on Good Morning Britain, that was the image the press presented in that article.
“It’s not me in Parliament, that picture was when I was on Good Morning Britain and they really put that picture out as if I was showing the dress was actually a designed dress. custom design, it’s a tailored John Lewis dress – that’s pretty classy to me.
“But today I consciously feel that I want to put on a pair of pants so people don’t think I…
“I also want to be challenging because I don’t think women should be told how to dress, but I don’t want to be distracted by the fact that it’s not about my feet.
“I don’t want people at home thinking ‘let’s see how her legs are and if her skirt is short’.” Ms. Rayner added.
“There needs to be a culture change and calling for it,” Angela says, before admitting: “I feel like I’m being judged for what I’m wearing that contradicts what I’m saying.
Lorraine airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on ITV and ITV Hub.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/angela-rayner-opts-wear-trousers-26798841 Angela Rayner chooses to wear trousers to Lorraine interview to avoid 'judgment'