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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:02 am on 9th May 2019.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge 11:02 am, 9th May 2019

Earlier this week I announced that I am pregnant with my second child. As both my husband and I are MPs, the decision to have another baby was made possible only because of the introduction of proxy voting, and I wish to place on record my thanks to my right hon. and learned Friend Ms Harman, to the Leader of the House, and to you, Mr Speaker, for pushing that forward. Parliament has made much progress in recent years, but late-night votes and an archaic voting system that can mean MPs walking around in circles through the Lobbies for several hours on end can be off-putting. May we have a debate in Government time about how we can make Parliament a more accessible workplace?