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MP's and maternity leave.

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:54 pm

What is the deal with MP's and maternity leave?
If they are on leave, then how are their constituents represented?
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Re: MP's and maternity leave.

Postby dls » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:59 pm

I would confirm first that they are employees.
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Re: MP's and maternity leave.

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:01 pm

dls wrote:I would confirm first that they are employees.

I don't believe that is relevant to the question: it does not relate to their employment rights and we know they do take the leave.
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Postby shootist » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:09 pm

Good God! They're breeding? :shock:
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Postby atticus » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:38 pm

I think the deal is that they receive Statutory Maternity Pay while on maternity leave.
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Postby Hairyloon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:44 pm

Hairyloon wrote:If they are on leave, then how are their constituents represented?
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Postby Smouldering Stoat » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:52 pm

Members of Parliament take leave of absence for all sorts of reasons. During the war several were killed on active service. Others have been imprisoned or generally buggered off for months on end. Having a baby would seem quite a good excuse. It wouldn't be too difficult for casework to be done by other Members.
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Re: MP's and maternity leave.

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:42 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:Members of Parliament take leave of absence for all sorts of reasons. During the war several were killed on active service. Others have been imprisoned or generally buggered off for months on end. Having a baby would seem quite a good excuse. It wouldn't be too difficult for casework to be done by other Members.

Casework perhaps, but it still leaves the constituents unrepresented in respect of voting on bills.
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Postby atticus » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:56 pm

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Postby Hairyloon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:03 pm

atticus wrote:Pairing?

Yes, that could work. Are records of such arrangements made public? For those who like to know their MP's voting practices.
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