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VOTING FOR HON. MEMBERS ON MATERNITY OR PATERNITY LEAVE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 920: tabled on 06 January 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House calls on the Government to bring forward proposals to allow hon. Members on maternity or paternity leave to vote by proxy during their absence from the House; notes that there are no standing orders in place permitting hon. Members to vote whilst caring for young children or newborns; believes that the current rules on voting in Parliament are disenfranchising hon. Members who are away from Westminster for legitimate reasons; further notes that the increase in female hon. Members since 1997 has meant that the total number of hon. Members giving birth has trebled; notes that the House of Commons Modernisation Committee in 1998 suggested viable alternatives to voting in person; expresses concern that hon. Members do not qualify for maternity or paternity leave; further believes that a change to standing orders pertaining to voting would allow hon. Members to continue to represent constituents despite a temporary leave of absence from the House; believes that technological advances can eliminate any risk of fraud in proxy voting; and believes that, through smartcards or fingerprint recognition, a secure system of proxy voting could be available in a short time frame.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Edinburgh North and Leith
Butler, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2016
Brent Central
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2016
Brentford and Isleworth
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 January 2016
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cox, Jo
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2016
Batley and Spen
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 January 2016
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Debbonaire, Thangam
Labour
Signed on 7 January 2016
Bristol West
Docherty, Martin John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 January 2016
West Dunbartonshire
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 January 2016
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2016
Liverpool, Riverside
Hayes, Helen
Labour
Signed on 7 January 2016
Dulwich and West Norwood
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2016
Aberavon
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 11 January 2016
Brighton, Pavilion
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 12 January 2016
Glasgow East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Falkirk
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2016
Mansfield
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 January 2016
Argyll and Bute
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
East Renfrewshire
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 January 2016
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shah, Naz
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2016
Bradford West
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 January 2016
Glasgow South West
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2016
Ilford North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 January 2016
Glasgow Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.