No children in Parliament: UK MPs angry over child ban

No children in Parliament: UK MPs angry over child ban

Several British politicians called for a change of parliamentary rules on Wednesday after the lawmaker was told she could not bring her three-month-old baby to the House of Commons.

Labor lawmaker Stella Creasy said she received a letter from the House of Commons authorities after taking her son Pep to a debate.

She said she had previously taken Pep and her eldest daughter to Parliament without problems, but was told the rules had changed in September. Members of Parliament are now advised that they “should not take your seat in the room when your child is with your child”.

Chrissy said the law undermines efforts to make politics more family-friendly.

She told the BBC: “There are barriers to including mothers in politics, and I think this is detrimental to our political debate.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, the Conservative, said he had “very much sympathy” with Chrissy, but said the decision was up to the powers of the House of Representatives.

“I think we need to make sure we bring our profession into the modern world, the 21st century, and we can allow parents to match the jobs they do with the time they need with the family.” Rab said.

The Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, said banning children was “ridiculous”. She said the children were “much less disturbed than many MPs getting up”.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsey Hoyle, said he had asked Parliament’s Procedures Committee to review the rules, and noted that there were “diverging views on the matter”.

“The advice given yesterday … correctly reflects the current rules. However, the rules must be viewed in context, and they change with the times.

“It is of paramount importance that parents of infants and young children are able to participate fully in the work of this house.”

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