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London (U.K.)/ Canadian-Media: A U.K. Member of Parliament (MP) Labor Party legislator Stella Creasy has been told she can't bring her three-month-old baby into the House of Commons, prompting others to review parliamentary rules.
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Creasy had received a letter from Commons authorities after she took her son Pip to a debate informing her that the rules had changed in September.
She said she had previously taken both Pip and her older daughter to Parliament without problems, but had been told the rules had changed in September advising MPS that they "should not take your seat in the chamber when accompanied by your child," CBC News reports said.
Creasy said the rule made the politics less family-friendly and added,
"There are barriers to getting mums involved in politics, and I think that damages our political debate," she told the BBC.
Although Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, a Conservative, said that he sympathized with Creasy, but added that it is is for the House authorities to make the decision.
Green Party legislator Caroline Lucas said babies were far less disruptive than many backbenchers and called the baby ban absurd.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said rules have to be seen in context and they change with the times and added,
"It is extremely important that parents of babies and young children are able to participate fully in the work of this House."