Stella Creasy, a Labour Party MP, claimed that she was told by a member of Parliament’s lower chamber that it was against the rules for a child to attend a Westminster Hall debate after she attended the event with her son.
“My son is 13 weeks. I cannot leave him alone. I also don’t have any maternity coverage. Creasy stated that “I can’t win here” on Wednesday to BBC Victoria Derbyshire.
“I must go in, I need to speak, but I can’t leave a baby this small, which is what I’m feeding right now.
“I have been informed very clearly that the Parliament has apparently taken the time to write a law. It’s a parliamentary faux pas.
“But, at the moment we don’t seem to have made a rule regarding wearing masks. It seems to reflect the way Parliament was set up in an earlier era, she said.
CNN was contacted by a spokesperson from the House of Commons, who stated that it is crucial that all democratically elected MPs can perform their duties within and around Parliament.
The spokesperson stated that members can consult the Speaker, Deputy speakers, Clerks, and Doorkeepers at any time about their needs while in the Chamber or at Westminster Hall.
They added that they were in contact with Stella Creasy regarding this matter.
Creasy stated to the BBC that she would not bring her toddler child into work, as she would “find everything broken or spreadable in parliamentary chamber within five minute and cause havoc,” but her infant son was “completely still.”
Creasy, who claimed she brought her first child to House in September, stated that she didn’t know what had changed. But I do understand that there are hurdles to get moms involved in politics, and that that harms our political debates.
Creasy was unable to hire a locum for her maternity leave following the birth of her second baby, and she lost the battle with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
The unanimous vote approved the rule change to allow senators to bring their newborn children to the Senate floor to breastfeed them while voting.