Labour MPs take 'moronic' Mail to task over 'legs-it' front page
The paper stands accused of behaving like 'drunken prepubescent boys'.
The Daily Mail left a number of politicians gobsmacked when it featured Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon on its front page next to the headline: "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!".
Inside the paper there was more ogling at the female leaders – from the paper’s star columnist Sarah Vine.
"There is no doubt that both women consider their pins to be the finest weapon in their physical arsenal," wrote Michael Gove’s wife.
Later editions of the paper appeared to attempt to water down the front page editorial line, describing it on the front as Vine’s “light-hearted verdict on the big showdown”.
But by then the paper had already been slammed as sexist and offensive by MPs, journalists and many others.
Among the first MPs to criticise the front page were the Labour MPs Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper.
Cooper said: "It's 2017. Two women's decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously."
Harman called it "moronic" and also pointed out that it was 2017.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn echoed their condemnation, saying such attitudes should be "consigned to history".
Other Labour MPs also weighed in with Chris Bryant tweeting: “I'm not linking to Daily Fail but it's truly vile tonight… [like] learing, drunken prepubescent boys.”
Lilian Greenwood stated: "My 16 year old asked if it's real. Yep, hard to believe that this is a national newspaper's political reporting in 2017."
Sharon Hodgson said: "I absolutely cannot believe the Daily Mail thought this was in any way appropriate?"
Anna Turley mocked the Mail: "Stayed up till 1am reading Select Cte papers last night. But cldnt find any decent tights today. I'm getting this politics thing all wrong."
And former Labour leader Ed Miliband said that the 1950s wanted their headline back.