Harriet Harman, the former deputy leader of the Labour Party, has said that MPs should be given six months maternity leave. Harman has submitted numerous proposals to the Speaker’s Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion, which is meeting next week.
“The reality is you cannot be on call for your constituency or voting when you are in labour and you should not have to be on duty when your baby is only a few weeks/months old. But the constituency must have a representative at all times. There needs to be a proper system of leave and cover”.
Harman, who has had three children during her time in Parliament, added:
“The baby needs time with the mother, the mother needs time with the baby and the constituency needs to be properly represented at all times”.