Explaining UK's 'Trousergate': Drama Over $1265 Pants

Theresa May criticized by some, supported by others
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2016 12:33 PM CST
Explaining UK's 'Trousergate': Drama Over $1265 Pants
In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media during the final press briefing at the EU Summit in Brussels.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Theresa May's choice of pants has turned into quite a big deal in the UK. The British prime minister was photographed for a November interview with the Sunday Times while wearing $1,265 brown leather pants from UK designer Amanda Wakeley, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Conservative Party tumult that has followed, per the BBC: MP and former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told the Times that the pants had been "noticed and discussed" in Tory circles, adding, "I don't think I've ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress." Then MP Nadine Dorries got on Morgan's case, noting that Morgan had "never criticized David Cameron's [reportedly $5,400] suits," making her comments "sexist." Morgan then saw her invitation to a private Brexit-strategy meeting with May and others rescinded, the Guardian reports.

Photographs were produced showing Morgan carrying a purse (reportedly a gift) that cost about as much as May's pants; angry text messages between May's joint chief of staff, yet another MP, and Morgan were leaked; it was revealed that May holds a discount card to the Amanda Wakeley store; and on and on. Some media outlets agreed with Morgan, and May was asked during whether the pants might have been an elitist choice. (Her response was to talk about "the importance of a country that works for everyone.") The controversy, dubbed "Trousergate," still hasn't died more than two weeks after the original photo shoot, and it's really about Brexit, the Daily Beast explains: "Morgan is a renegade Tory 'Remainer' who was sacked by May when she came to power, and now stands accused of seeking to undermine Mrs. May by attacking her pants." (More Theresa May stories.)

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