Tory MP: Babies have no place in the House of Commons chamber

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Alicia Kearns has objected to the move after Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle backed members taking their babies into debates as long as they are not disrupting proceedings.

But Ms Kearns said she has always left the chamber to feed her daughter and it does not need to be “livestreamed to the world”.

The MP for Rutland and Melton, who had her second child last January, said babies had “no place” in the chamber. She added: “I’ve asked to leave debates to feed my child a few times – I have never been turned down. This is a debate about childcare that is wrongly being presented as one of rights and representation.”

Sir Lindsay has requested a review into whether rules should be updated amid an outcry over Labour MP Stella Creasy being told she can no longer have her son Pip with her.

MPs can take babies with them when voting but not during debates, although the Speaker and his deputies have exercised discretion.

But Ms Kearns said: “In no professional workplace would you feed your baby in a meeting with your chief executive or in a pitch to new clients or in front of sharehol

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She acknowledged the challenge of combining being a mother with working as an MP, adding: “I don’t think being a mum should be hidden. But I don’t want to feed my baby live-streamed to the world. I don’t need to. This is a matter of childcare.”

Sir Lindsay said his view is that the “chair on the day has got to make a decision”.

Referring to Ms Creasy’s son, he said: “I saw that baby come into the chamber when I was in the chair. Did it affect the debate? No. Was it a quiet and peaceful baby? Absolutely. Did it disrupt? Not in the slightest. So did it matter to me? Absolutely not. Unfortunately it’s become highly political.

“That’s why the crossparty Commons procedure committee is reviewing it.

“And I will then have to respect [that decision].”

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