Parental proxy voting fantastic but overdue step forward

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today welcomed the news that MPs will be given the chance to approve a new proxy voting system in the case of maternity, paternity and adoption leave on 28th January.

This follows the appalling incident during last week’s crunch Brexit vote, in which an MP was forced to delay the birth of her child in order to participate.

The Government confirmed that a motion to establish proxy voting would be put before MPs on Monday (28 January), after minsters were challenged in the House by Deputy Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson MP.

Ms Jardine said:

 “I am delighted that the Government has finally seen sense and agreed to give Parliament the chance to vote on proxy-voting for MPs on parental leave, and I want to congratulate my colleague Jo Swinson on all her hard work on this issue.

“This is a fantastic step forward, but it is long overdue.

“The delay has already had serious consequences for MPs, their new babies and the people they represent.

“No parent should be asked to decide between the wellbeing of their child and representing their constituents.

“If passed, this motion will protect new parents and also ensure that constituents are not denied representation at a crucial time for our country’s future.

“But the Government needs to go further and offer proxy voting to people who are also seriously ill or need time away from Westminster for personal or family reasons.”

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