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Labour MP Stella Creasy threatens legal action over maternity leave for top ministers

Exclusive: Stella Creasy threatens action against plans to give cabinet ministers more rights – as she discloses she is pregnant

Stella Creasy, the senior Labour MP, is threatening to take the government to court over a bill giving six months’ paid maternity leave to cabinet ministers only – as she discloses she is nine weeks’ pregnant.

Creasy told the Guardian it was “terrifying” to reveal she was in the early stages of pregnancy, especially with a history of miscarriage. But she felt she was left with no alternative to draw attention to a system that would effectively award better maternity rights as a reward for political promotion, “like a company car”.

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