Parental Proxy Voting a fantastic and necessary step forward.
Jamie Stone welcomed the news that MPs will be given the chance to vote on Proxy Voting in the case of maternity, paternity and adoption leave on 28th January.
This follows the recent incident during the Brexit vote in which Tulip Saddiq MP delayed the birth of her child in order to participate.
Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom responded to an Urgent Question by Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson on the issue and confirmed the motion would be voted on in the House of Commons on Monday 28th January.
Commenting Mr Stone said:
“I am very pleased that the Government have finally seen sense on this issue and given the time for Parliament to vote on proxy-voting. I am very much in favour of proxy voting and will of course be supporting the motion on Monday.
“No mother should be asked to make the decision that Tulip Saddiq had to make last week and no new mother or father should have to come into Parliament immediately following a birth.
“This motion will protect mothers and also ensure that constituents are not denied their representation in Parliament and shows what can be achieved with consensus in the House. It is a fantastic and necessary step forward for Parliament.”