Babies are no longer allowed in the UK Parliament

An MP has said it “has to be possible for politics and parenting to mix” after being told she cannot sit in the Commons with her three-month-old son.

Labour’s Stella Creasy was informed it was now against the rules to bring a child to a debate at Westminster Hall after doing so on Tuesday.

She said the change was “news to me” after attending debates with a baby in the past and called for a review.

The House of Commons said it was “in communication” with Ms Creasy.

The Walthamstow MP told the BBC she had regularly taken her son – who she is breastfeeding – and before him her daughter, into the Commons chamber.

But after appearing with her son at the adjoining Westminster Hall on Tuesday, she received an email from the private secretary to the chairman of the Ways and Means committee, Dame Eleanor Laing, which said this was not in line with the current rules on “behaviour and courtesies”.

Ms Creasy – who is encouraging more mothers to enter politics through a campaign called This Mum Votes – shared the email on Twitter, writing: “Mothers in the mother of all parliament are not to be seen or heard it seems…”

The rule book, which was issued by the speaker and deputy speakers and applies to the chamber of the House of Commons and Westminster Hall, was updated in September.

It says: “You should not take your seat in the chamber when accompanied by your child, nor stand at either end of the Chamber, between divisions.”

But another MP, Alex Davies-Jones, said she had been assured by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that if she needed to breastfeed her child in the chamber she could do so.

Ms Creasy said this was “not a system that works for anyone who isn’t a man of a certain age from a certain background”.

“I don’t have maternity cover – I don’t have the employment rights to have maternity cover,” she said, adding the situation as it stands “is bad for our democracy”.

Asked what needed to change to help MPs continue to work as new parents, she said: “It’s too late for me – so I am trying my best to make sure Walthamstow continues to be heard because it deserves to be heard.”

She called for the MPs’ rule book to be reviewed and has asked House authorities what she should do if she continues to bring her son to work.

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