Moving from a famous street to a famous house, Tracy Brabin is the popular MP with a soap star past (Picture: WENN)
MP Tracy Brabin, who took over Jo Coxs seat in Batley and Spen, made an impassioned plea to Boris Johnson last night when the Prime Minister addressed the house after Parliament reconvened.
In a stormy session, Ms Brabin urged Mr Johnson to take greater care with his words at a time when political tensions are running high.
As the Brexit process continues, heres a look at how Ms Brabin came to take over from Ms Cox and her past as a popular actor on Coronation Street.
Who is Tracy Brabin?
Born in West Yorkshire, Ms Brabin won her first major acting role when she played Sandra, a clumsy waitress, opposite David Jason in A Bit of a Do in 1989.
She joined Coronation Street in 1994, portraying the turbulent times of Tricia Armstrong, who spent a week in prison after failing to pay her TV licence.
Tricia met Jack Duckworth in famous Coronation Street pub The Rovers and fell pregnant with his child following a one-night stand that night.
The characters son, Brad, was born in the pub, and Tricia met decorator Ray Thorpe soon afterwards, eventually deciding to leave Corrie with him to start a new life elsewhere.
Ms Brabin has a cuppa while on campaigning duty (Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
In a timely twist, Ms Brabins final appearance on Coronation street came on the day Tony Blair entered Downing Street in May 1997.
Having publicly declared her support for Labour at the time, Ms Brabin continued to enthusiastically champion the party following her departure from the soap.
When did Tracy Brabin replace Jo Cox?
Ms Brabin supported Ms Cox in her campaign against the closure of local libraries following her selection as the Labour candidate for the Batley and Spen constituency in 2015.
The MP won the seat with a majority of more than 6,000, but was murdered outside a library where she had been due to hold a surgery in 2016.
In the aftermath of a national outpouring of grief, Ms Brabin was selected as the Labour candidate for the area, winning the subsequent election with an increased majority of around 10,000 in October 2016.
Ms Brabin regained Jo Coxs seat in the aftermath of the MPs murder (Picture: PA)
She paid tribute to Ms Cox when she made her first speech in the House of Commons the following month, and went on to retain her seat in the 2017 general election, becoming Shadow Early Years Minister that July.
What did MP Tracy Brabin say to Boris Johnson in Parliament?
Ms Brabin called upon Mr Johnson to end rhetoric that had implied his political opponents were treacherous.
Speaking in the house, she argued: All of these words are suggesting that because we disagree with him, we are traitors, we are not patriots. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This may be a strategy to set the people against the establishment. I would like to gently suggest that he is the establishment – we are people.
As the woman who has taken over a seat that was left by our dear friend Jo Cox, can I ask him, in all honesty, as a human being, to please, please moderate his language so that we all feel secure when we arRead More – Source