An MP who was reprimanded for taking her young baby into parliament has said mums “can’t win”.
Stella Creasy shared an email from an official on Tuesday telling her she should not have had her three-month-old son in the House of Commons while speaking in a debate.
The Labour MP told Kay Burley on Wednesday: “It’s a bit of a mystery to me because I have two children and I’ve taken them both previously into the chamber as needs must to make sure my constituents have representation.
“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 and I don’t want to short-change my residents.”
Apparently Parliament has written a rule which means I can’t take my well behaved, 3-month old, sleeping baby when I speak in chamber. (Still no rule on wearing masks btw).
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) November 23, 2021
Ms Creasy said it is “part and parcel” of modern life and as an MP she cannot have maternity cover so the only option is to bring her baby into the chamber.
The Walthamstow MP said Pip, who is breastfeeding, “is very tiny, doesn’t do very much, he’s quite well behaved and even Jacob Rees-Mogg has acknowledged that”.
Pip has regularly attended the Commons, as did Ms Creasy’s older daughter and other MP’s babies.