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Jo Swinson Brings Gabriel to Work

Posted 217 days ago | 13.09.18

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Jo Swinson Brings Gabriel to Work

Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson appeared today in the chamber of the House of Commons with Gabriel her baby born on 29 June to listen to the closing remarks of a discussion about proxy voting. This is thought to be the first time during a debate.

The proposal would allow MPs on maternity and paternity leave to nominate a colleague to cast their vote in their absence.

MPs have often been seen in the Commons chamber with their children during votes, but not during active debates.

Ms Swinson, the MP for East Dunbartonshire, earlier warned the debate was "too little, too late" referencing her failed pairing with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis on key Brexit legislation.

She said: "This House first resolved that members with small babies should be able to vote by proxy seven months ago. Since then Gabriel, Elijah and Solomon have been born and two more Commons babies are on the way. A cynic might conclude that because all five pregnant and new mum MPs are on the opposition benches the government is trying to kick this issue into the long grass. And after what happened to me in July I think I might be able to be forgiven for being cynical about the government's motivations."

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