Stella Creasy: UK’s first ‘locum MP’ to cover maternity leave


The UK’s win initially “locum MP” is to provide maternity cover for pregnant MP Stella Creasy in her constituency.

An advert contemplates the role has an annual salary of £50,000 pro rata and is “rooted in Walthamstow not Westminster”.

The “locum MP” last wishes as cover constituency work over seven months and will not sit in the Commons or signify ones opinion.

Ipsa – the body which regulates MPs’ pay – says it provides extra financing for all MPs’ offices to cover absences.

MPs themselves are paid in full for the whole duration of leave.

The locum MP will represent Labour MP Ms Creasy – who has previously vocal out about the maternity rights of MPs – in constituency surgeries, at events and visits and resolution answer queries from constituents.

‘Newborn children’

Locum is a little talk most often used in the medical profession to describe a doctor who is comprising the duties of another physician while they are ill or absent from job for some other reason.

The “locum MP” advert says in “the last few years deserted” Ms Creasy, who represents Walthamstow, in North London, has answered more than 133,000 problems, in addition to her staff.

It adds that the role will begin in November and when one pleases “play a key role” in ensuring Ms Creasy’s campaigns progress until May 2020.

She liking be represented in Parliamentary votes via a proxy – an MP who is allowed to vote on a colleagues’ behalf.

MPs enjoy previously arranged unofficial cover for their constituency work thoroughly their staff or colleagues.

Ms Creasy said: “If the place that flourishes the law doesn’t recognise the value of ensuring cover for the duties of MPs, then how can it second for the millions of parents across the country worried that if they accede to b assume time out to care for newborn children they will suffer?

“As yet Parliament has unmoving to get its act together to come up with a policy on this area and has not yet even begun to consult on the promulgation as promised, but this post means residents in Walthamstow can be confident that when my teenager is born they will still have someone to take up their crates with ministers, local public services and an advocate for the causes they heedfulness about.”

‘Modernise rules’

In June, Ms Creasy wrote in the Guardian that she was being “strained to choose between being an MP and a mum” because Ipsa does not automatically lend paid cover for MPs on parental leave.

Responding to the general issue measure than Ms Creasy’s specific case, Ipsa’s chairwoman Ruth Evans suggested: “To provide MPs with extra money, Ipsa asks for an explanation to be specified of how the additional money would be spent.

“We support proposals to allow motherhood cover for MPs, and this would be for the House of Commons to take forward.

“In the at the rear few years, we have more than doubled the funding available for MPs’ dependants to bear family life and will continue to strive to modernise our rules.”

In January, MPs master b crushed a year-long trial to allow MPs who were about to give birth or had recently grace a parent to nominate another MP to vote on their behalf in the Commons.

Ipsa influenced that during the pilot it will pre-approve any applications for staff layer for MPs’ parliamentary functions during their period of parental leave – and then observe creating a new budget to put the scheme on a permanent footing.

The debate over Parliament’s command ofs was reignited earlier this year when Labour MP Tulip Siddiq lulled a Caesarean section to attend a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Later that month, the Hampstead and Kilburn MP changed the first to vote in the Commons by proxy.

Parental rights in the UK

  • Women are named to up to 52 weeks maternity leave
  • They must take at least two weeks’ beetle off after the baby is born (or four weeks if they work in a mill)
  • They are eligible to be paid for six weeks at 90% of their average weekly earnings and 33 weeks at £149 per week or 90% of their typically weekly earnings (if lower)
  • Fathers can take two weeks’ statutory descent leave at £149 a week
  • Some couples are also entitled to cut parental leave of up to 50 weeks and 37 weeks of pay

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