Watch Video: As a mother of three toddlers, I say to Stella Creasy: No, you can’t bring your second job to Parliament, writes CLARE FOGES

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As a mother of three toddlers, I say to Stella Creasy: No, you can’t bring your second job to Parliament, writes CLARE FOGES

Order! Order! The Speaker of the House of Commons could soon be chastising real toddlers – as well as MPs who act like them – if Stella Creasy gets her way.

The Member for Walthamstow is mounting a campaign for politicians to be allowed to bring their infants into the chambers of Parliament, after being rebuked for bringing her three-month-old son into a debate.

Shortly after being spotted with the babe strapped to her chest, Miss Creasy received an email from a parliamentary body alerting her to the rules on ‘behaviour and courtesies’ which say you can’t bring a child into the Commons.

‘News to me,’ she fumed. ‘Apparently Parliament has written a rule which means I can’t take my well-behaved, three-month-old sleeping baby when I speak in chamber’.

The MP has form in bringing babes in arms to the Commons – this is her second child to have made an appearance in these hallowed halls – and has been on the airwaves demanding change.

And almost all her m’learned men-folk – terrified of appearing like sexist dinosaurs – are falling over themselves to oblige.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said politicians need to make sure ‘our profession is brought into the modern world’, while Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says it is ‘extremely important’ for parents to be able to participate fully in the work of the House.

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