Opposition Labor MP Stella Creasy said a representative from the Lower House of Parliament told her it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate at Westminster Hall after attending her son Tuesday.
“My son is 13 weeks old so I can’t really leave him alone and I don’t have maternity cover. So I can’t win here,” Creasy told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire on Wednesday.
“I have to come in and I have to be able to speak, but I also can’t leave such a small baby, which I am feeding right now.
“I have been told very clearly that apparently Parliament has taken a long time to draft a law that it is a parliamentary faux pas and against the courtesies of the house to bring a child with you.
“But at the moment we don’t seem to have established a rule on wearing masks. It seems to reflect a bit of how Parliament was created for another era when maybe, you know, most MPs were men of a certain age and independent means, “she added.
A House of Commons spokesperson told CNN in an email that it was essential that all democratically elected MPs be able to carry out their duties in and around Parliament.
“Members can consult the President, Vice-Presidents, Clerks and Porters at any time about their needs while in the House or at Westminster Hall at any time,” the spokesperson said.
“We are currently in communication with Stella Creasy on this matter,” they added.
Creasy told the BBC that while she wouldn’t bring her other child, a toddler, to work “because she would find everything breakable or spreadable in the parliamentary chamber in five minutes and wreak havoc,” her son in infancy was “completely silent”.
Referring to the new rules released in September, Creasy, who said she brought her first child home, said: “I don’t understand what has changed. What I understand is that he there are barriers to involving moms in politics and I think it hurts our political debates. ”
Creasy lost a battle with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority this summer after she was told she couldn’t hire a replacement to cover her maternity leave after the birth of her second child.
The rule change, passed unanimously, was made to welcome Senators with newborns, allowing them to bring a child under one year old to Senate floor and breastfeed him during votes. .