Responding to the motion tabled by the Government to introduce proxy voting, Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“This change is much-needed and long overdue. The delay has already had serious consequences for MPs, their new babies and their constituents.
“This announcement is not a guarantee and the Government must now work with all parties to ensure the vote on Monday is successful.
“When 54,000 women face pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work every year, it is appalling that Parliament still operates such archaic rules for new parents when it should be setting an example for the rest of the country.
“This is a momentous time in our country’s future with more crucial Brexit votes expected in the weeks to come. It is time for Parliament to get its act together so that voices of all constituencies will be heard, whether or not their MP happens to have a tiny baby."