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No babies in Parliament: UK lawmakers outraged by infant ban

Several British politicians demand a change in parliamentary rules after a lawmaker was told she couldn’t bring her 3-month-old baby into the House of Commons chamber.

Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy says she received a letter from House of Commons authorities after she took her son Pip to a debate.

She says she had previously taken both Pip and her older daughter to Parliament without problems, but had been told the rules had changed in September. Members of Parliament are now advised that they “should not take your seat in the chamber when accompanied by your child.”

Creasy says the rule undermined efforts to make politics more family-friendly.

“There are barriers to getting mums involved in politics, and I think that damages our political debate,” she tells the BBC.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, a Conservative, says he has “a lot of sympathy” for Creasy, but says the decision is for the House authorities to make.

“I think we do need to make sure our profession is brought into the modern world, the 21st century, and can allow parents to juggle the jobs they do with the family time that they need,” Raab says.

Green Party lawmaker Caroline Lucas says the baby ban was “absurd.” She says babies are “far less disruptive than many braying backbenchers.”

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