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UK MP told it’s against the rules to bring a baby to parliament


An MP has said it “has to be possible for politics and parenting to mix” after being told she cannot sit in the Commons with her three-month-old son.

Labour’s Stella Creasy was informed it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate at Westminster Hall after doing so on Tuesday.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has asked a committee of MPs to review the rules.

Ms Creasy said she was “pleased to hear this” – as rules meant she could not be in the chamber for his statement.

Sir Lindsay said it was “extremely important” for parents to be able to participate fully in the work of the House, which is why it had a nursery. He asked the procedure committee to “look into this matter”.

After appearing with her son at the adjoining Westminster Hall on Tuesday, she received an email from the private secretary to the chairman of the ways and means committee, Dame Eleanor Laing, which said this was not in line with recently published rules on “behaviour and courtesies”.



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