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MPs pass ‘long overdue’ bill for ministers’ paid maternity leave

Government says it will bring forward more protections amid accusations of double standards

MPs have voted to give ministers formal paid maternity leave for the first time, hailed as an “important and long overdue change,” as the government pledged it would bring forward more sweeping maternity protections before the summer recess.

However, the move to give attorney general, Suella Braverman, six months paid leave drew accusations of double standards during the parliamentary debate, including for omitting any reference to paternity leave and for not extending similar benefits to backbenchers.

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