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Labour MP Stella Creasy was informed that it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate at Westminister Hall after having her three-month-old son in a sling as she spoke at parliament on Tuesday.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has asked the procedure committee to investigate.

He said it was "extremely important" parents of babies and young children can participate fully in the Commons but admitted the advice Ms Creasy was given "correctly reflects the current rules".

"however, rules have to be seen in context and they change with the times," he told the house.

Ms Creasy said she was "pleased to hear this"- as rules meant she could not be in the chamber for his statement.

"i don't have maternity cover, the residents." she said.

After Creasy's tweet another Labour MP, Alex Davies-Jones, tweeted that the rule seemed "a complete contradiction" given that when she was breastfeeding her child the Commons speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, assured her “ that if the need arose I would be able to feed my child in the chamber or Westminster Hall ”.

"We have been made aware that you were accompanied by your baby in Westminster Hall earlier today," the email from the private secretary the chairman of the Ways and Means committee The email said bringing her baby into the parliament was not in line with recently published rules on "behaviour and courtesies"- the handbook for MPs.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said he had "a lot of sympathy" for the Walthamstow MP, and politicians needed to make sure "our profession is brought into the modern world ... [ so ] parents can juggle the jobs they do with the family time they need".

The Labour MP- who is encouraging more mothers to enter politics through a campaign called This Mum Votes- shared the email she was sent on Twitter, writing : "Mothers in the mother of all parliaments 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."

the same wording was also used in the previous version of the rules.

MPs are entitled to paid maternity leave for six months and a proxy vote but MPs must be physically present at Westminster *in order to represent their constituents' views during Commons debates.

former liberal democrats mp jo swinson was thought to be the first mp to cradle her baby during a debate in the commons in 2018.

Also that year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the first world leader to take her baby to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

a house of commons spokesperson said : "it is vital all mps are able to carry out their duties in and around parliament.

MPs could consult with the speaker, deputy speakers, clerks and doorkeepers about their requirements while in the chamber or Westminster Hall at any time, they added.

The Walthamstow MP has previously taken her infant child into Commons without complaint but after leading a debate on buy-now-pay-later consumer credit schemes on Tuesday afternoon she was reprimanded by House of Commons authorities.

The email pointed out that the latest edition of rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons, the handbook for MPs, says they should not take their seat in the Commons while with a child, adding : "I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this also applies to debates in Westminster Hall."

In September, Ms Creasy questioned commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg whether he would consider reviewing rules which mean that MPs on parental leave must give up the proxy vote they are permitted if they want to speak occasionally in the chamber.

Ms Creasy, who also has a young daughter, has battled for MPs to have adequate maternity cover through her campaign This Mum Votes.

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