The opposition Labor Party legislator was reprimanded for engaging in an argument with his three-month-old son on Tuesday.
A British politician has called for a reform of Parliament’s rule book after receiving an official reprimand for engaging in a debate with her three-month-old child.
Main opposition Labor MP Stella Crissy takes her son to a debate in Parliament’s Westminster Hall on Tuesday.
Later that same day, he received a letter from the private secretary to the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee stating that the infant’s appearance did not conform to the recently published rules on “behavior and etiquette” relating to conduct in the House of Commons and Westminster. Was. Hall, a historic building used for the sessions of some Parliamentarians.
Chrissy, 44, said she had previously taken both her son and her eldest daughter to parliament without any problems, but was told the rules had changed in September.
The current rulebook advises MPs against sitting in the Chamber, meaning the Hall of Commons or Westminster, when “with your child”.
Apparently Parliament has written a rule that means I can’t take my well behaved, 3 month old sleeping baby while speaking in the chamber. (Still there is no rule on wearing a mask btw).
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) November 23, 2021
Cressey said the decree undermined efforts to make politics more family-friendly and called for a review.
The MP for the London constituency of Walthamstow told the BBC on Wednesday: “There are barriers to getting involved in politics, and I think it hurts our political debate.”
“I have a child, I haven’t given up my mind or ability to do things and would be better off having more mothers at the table in our politics and our policy-making,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, a member of the governing Conservative Party, said he had “great sympathy” for Crécy.
“I think we need to make sure that our profession is brought into the modern world, the 21st century, and can allow parents to do the work they do with their family time. ,” he said, before it was finally up to parliamentary officials to decide on the rules.
Green Party MP Carolyn Lucas meanwhile called the baby ban “absurd”. She said the infants were “much less disruptive than many brave backbenchers”.
Solidarity Stella – this absurd decision needs to be challenged thoroughly – moreover, kids are far less disruptive than many backbenchers… https://t.co/tWPSwFX3qg
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) November 24, 2021
Commons Speaker Lindsey Hoyle said she had asked Parliament’s Committee of Procedure to review the rules amid the uproar over Cersei’s case, but noted that there were “different views” on the matter.
“The advice given yesterday … accurately reflects the current rules. However, the rules must be seen in context and they change over time,” Hoyle told the Commons on Wednesday.
“It is extremely important that the parents of children and young children can fully participate in the work of this House,” he said.
MPs have already brought children into debate without reprimand. Former Liberal Democrat leader Joe Swinson was considered the first to do so in 2018, when he participated in a debate in the House of Commons chamber with his then-infant son, Gabriel.