MP claims she was told to quit leadership roles after having a baby

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MP claims she was told to quit leadership roles after having a baby
Walthamstow ’s Labour and Cooperative MP Stella Creasy holding her baby. Ms Creasy claims the Labour movement repeatedly told her to withdraw from leadership roles after she had her baby. Stella Creasy said the Labour movement saw her as ‘less competent ’ after she had a baby (Picture: Getty Images)

An MP said the Labour movement ‘repeatedly ’ told her to ‘withdraw from positions of leadership ’ after she had a baby. 

Walthamstow ’s Labour and Cooperative MP Stella Creasy told The Telegraph ’s new podcast that ‘various positions within the Labour movement ’ said she ‘shouldn ’t stand ’ for senior roles in the party because she had a baby in 2019. 

Ms Creasy claimed people said to her: ‘Yeah but you ’ve just had a baby, so this isn ’t right for you ’.

She said she was discouraged from standing for a position on the Cooperative Party National Executive Committee (NEC) because of her new baby. 

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Nevertheless the London MP was elected onto the NEC, but said she was ‘genuinely shocked ’ having a child led to the ‘presumption ’ that she is now ‘less competent, less capable, less interested ’. 

The new mum also alleged an MP ‘reprimanded ’ her for bringing her daughter into Westminster during a debate. 

She further claims another woman in Government said she wanted ‘to be treated like a victim ’ when she tried to secure cover for her maternity leave. 

Walthamstow ’s Labour and Cooperative MP Stella Creasy holding her baby in Westminster. Ms Creasy claims the Labour movement repeatedly told her to withdraw from leadership roles after she had her baby. The MP also alleges she was ‘reprimanded ’ for bringing her daughter to Westminster for a debate (Picture: Katie Thompson) Walthamstow ’s Labour and Cooperative MP Stella Creasy walking with her baby strapped to her chest. Ms Creasy claims the Labour movement repeatedly told her to withdraw from leadership roles after she had her baby. She has previously spoken out about how difficult it is for MPs to get paid during parental leave (Picture: PA)

‘I sort of think: “Well if the Labour movement – which is supposed to be the movement championing equality and championing women ’s rights – thinks that somehow having a baby writes you out of public life, what hope have we got for the rest of society?”, ’ Ms Creasy told The Juggling Act

The Labour Party said: ‘The Labour Party takes all complaints of discrimination extremely seriously, and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate action is taken. ’

The Cooperative Party said: ‘The Co-operative Party takes all complaints and allegations about all forms of discrimination seriously. We require all members to abide by the rules of our Party. ’

In June last year Ms Creasy spoke out against MPs not being automatically paid while on parental leave.

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