Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:12 pm on 11th February 2021.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip 1:12 pm, 11th February 2021

I am sorry to hear the experience that the hon. Lady is recounting. She has been paying tribute to pioneering, so I wonder whether she will join me in paying tribute to Aileen Campbell, a good friend of mine and the first Minister in the Scottish Government to take maternity leave. At that time, the Scottish Government were able to find a way of having a substitute Minister. It is not quite the same as what the Government are proposing today. Aileen and a couple of other MSPs are, sadly, leaving the Scottish Parliament because of these pressures, so it is welcome that we are making small but steady progress along the way to supporting women in politics.