The nursing MP has been banned from the House. “Mothers don’t want to hear,” he says

Creasy posted an e-mail from the parliamentary administration on Twitter. “Parliament seems to have written a rule that means I can’t take my good, three-month-old, sleeping baby to the House (by the way, there’s still no rule about veils.” she commented. “Mothers obviously don’t want to see and hear.”

She received information that she could not take her child to parliament after she came to a meeting with her baby on Tuesday. She told BBC television that she was still feeding her son Pip, whom she was still breastfeeding, to the House of Commons on a regular basis and before that a daughter. But now she has been informed that the rules have changed in September. According to the updated regulations, deputies should not marry children at a meeting.

But Creasy argues that the rule undermines efforts to create a more environment-friendly environment for mothers. “There are obstacles to mothers’ involvement in politics, and I think that is detrimental to our political debate.” she said.

Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said he had great understanding for Creasy, but added that the House of Commons should decide. According to him, it is up to politicians to ensure that “our profession gets into the modern world” so that parents can combine work with family.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said through a spokesman that he wanted to see further steps to make parliament more family-friendly. He added, however, that any change in the rules was a matter for the House of Commons.

House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle asked the committee responsible to review the rules, which Creasy welcomed. Hoyle noted that it is very important for parents to be able to fully participate in the work of the House of Commons, so there are also crèches. “Rules need to be seen in context, they change over time,” Hoyle said. The matter will thus be dealt with by the House of Commons Committee, which issues recommendations on procedural matters.

It cancels less than MPs

Opposition Labor spokesman Keir Starmer said it would not be appropriate to comment until the committee considered the matter. Green MEP Caroline Lucas called the ban on babies in parliament absurd. She noted that babies are much less disturbing than some pampering MPs.

According to Creasy, the current system does not cater to those who are not “men of a certain age and background.” “I don’t have a maternity leave, I don’t have employee rights to do so,” she noted.

While MEPs are entitled to paid maternity leave for six months and a proxy vote, some have stated that it is difficult to obtain adequate funding. Members must be physically present in Westminster, the Parliament building, in order to be able to represent the views of their constituents, for example during debates in the House of Commons.

“Often, employers and the toughest pregnant women are women,” Creasy said recently in an interview with the Guardian. “It’s sad when there is no sister solidarity you would expect.”

Former Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson became the first MP to raise her child during a debate in the House of Commons in 2018. That same year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the first world leader to marry her child to the UN General Assembly in New York, according to the media.


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