Greater Manchester MP Angela Rayner, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, said she wore a trouser suit for her appearance on the ITV Lorraine programme because she did not want to be “judged for what I wear”.

She said: “I wanted to be defiant as well, because I don’t think that women should be told how to dress – but I didn’t want to distract from the fact that, actually, it’s not about my legs.

She told the programme that she was heartened” by the public’s overwhelming rejection of the article.

She said she felt really fearful of the story coming out thinking that’s what people will think of me.’ adding how she was worried about what her sons would think of her regarding the Basic Instinct ‘distraction’ comments

“I think that has heartened me because I thought ‘is this what the public want to read? Is this what the public are going to think of me?’ And actually the overwhelming response has been that it is terrible that they even printed something like that.”

Commenting on the Mail on Sunday article that inferred her intellectual inferiority compared to the Prime Minister she told the

I know how it feels to be looked down on – and I know what it’s like struggling to make ends meet.Whatever people say about me, I’m proud of my background. It informs my Labour values and our Party’s priorities – offering real help to people, right now


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