Fareham residents will continue to be represented after pregnancy, local MP says

Fareham MP Suella Braverman has said there will be no let-up in representing her constituents in the coming months after her announcement that she will be having a baby in the summer.

Mrs Braverman and her husband Rael announced in January that they were expecting a baby in July and have now received the news that it will be a boy. Despite the new arrival, Mrs Braverman has said that the pregnancy will not affect her parliamentary duties for her constituents.

Suella Braverman MP said:

“My husband and I are delighted to know that we will be having a baby boy in July, and necessary measures are being put in place to ensure that my work in Fareham and Westminster are well supported both before and after the birth.

“As like any new mother I will be taking maternity leave, however, I would like to reassure my constituents that my offices in both Fareham and Westminster will continue to function as normal and that my constituents will be represented in Parliament.”

In January a proxy-voting motion was passed in the House of Commons that enables MPs to vote without physically attending the Commons. The new voting system will start as a one-year pilot for maternity, paternity and adoption cases.

Suella Braverman was among several MPs, including Conservative Chloe Smith and Labour’s Emma Reynolds, who recently called for a change to parliamentary voting rules. The new system means that Mrs Braverman can now nominate another MP to vote on her behalf if she is unable to get to Westminster.