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Review launched after Labour MP told she cannot bring her baby into Westminster Hall

A REVIEW has been launched into rules barring MPs bringing their babies into the Chamber following the outcry after Labour MP Stella Creasy was told she could not have her three-month-old son with her. 

The Walthamstow MP was told via email that it was against the MPs’ rulebook to bring a child to a debate in Westminster Hall after she brought her son to Parliament on Tuesday. 

The incident has sparked outrage from MPs, who have said the warning has left other MPs with children “hugely concerned.”

Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has asked the procedure committee to investigate, telling MPs today it was “extremely important” for parents to be able to fully participate in parliamentary work. 

“Rules have to be seen in context and they change with the times,” he told the Commons.

“This House has to be able to function professionally and without disturbance,” he continued. “However, sometimes there may be occasions when the chair can exercise discretion assuming to the business not being disturbed.”

Ms Creasy welcomed the review today, saying she hoped the move “means some of these rules will be reviewed to make parenting and politics possible to mix.”

The Labour MP, who does have maternity cover, said the warning was a “bit of a mystery” since she had taken her children into the chamber previously without facing problems. 

“I think it’s representative of the way as a mum you can’t win because if I had maternity cover it would be a different issue, and I don’t want to short-change my residents,” she told Sky News. 

Green MP Caroline Lucas said the rule is “absurd” and “absolutely needs to be challenged,” adding that babies are “far less disruptive than many braying backbenchers.”


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