Review ordered after a British lawmaker told him not to take his baby to Congress


The British House of Commons will consider parliamentary rules prohibiting lawmakers from taking their babies into the room after a female lawmaker has complained that she was told not to take her three-month-old son during the debate. ..

After Labor Party councilor Stella Creasy brought her son Pip to a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday, she received an email from her secretary to the chairman of the Revenues Commission reminding her of the rules and courtesy of the House of Commons. rice field. In early September.

Paragraph 42 of the Regulation states that parliamentarians “must not be seated in the Chamber of Commerce if accompanied by children,” the secretary told Creecy that this also applies to Westminster Hall.

“Mothers of all parliamentary mothers should not be seen or heard,” Creasy said.

She told Sky News that it was a “little mystery” to her, as she had previously taken both Pip and her eldest daughter to the Commons.

Labor lawmaker Alex Davies Jones wrote to Sir Lindsay Hoyle, chairman of the House of Commons, calling for “urgent clarification” of the rules. Caroline Lucas, the only member of the Greens, said the rules were “ridiculous” and “must be challenged.”

However, not all lawmakers were supportive. Conservative Rep. Scott Benton wrote on Twitter: What makes you special? “

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said he had “a lot of sympathy” for Creecy, but he added that it was a decision made by parliamentary authorities.

On Wednesday morning, Lindsay announced that she had asked the procedural committee to review whether parliamentarians could take the baby to the room.

He emphasized that it was “very important” for parents to be fully involved in the work of Congress, and said he was unaware that the warning was issued to Creecy.

He accepted an email saying that it “correctly reflects the current rules,” but said, “The rules need to be checked on a case-by-case basis and change over time.”

“This house must be able to function professionally and undisturbed,” he told the MP in a statement. “However, the chair may be able to exercise his discretion, provided that the business is unimpeded. I admit that there are different views on this issue.”

He said Karen Bradley, chairman of the parliamentary committee, would consider the matter and submit a recommendation that “eventually the House of Representatives would give its opinion.”

Creasy welcomed the review, saying that the move “means that some of these rules will be reviewed, allowing parenting and politics to mix.”

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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