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Unfair, outdated, and the perfect place for plotting: why the voting lobby still reigns supreme in Westminster politics

It's an outmoded system that makes life harder for MPs who are parents, pregnant or unwell. So why isn't parliament moving on?

By Marie Le Conte  

Tulip Siddiq MP, who is heavily pregnant, postponed a Caesarean section in order to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. Photo: PA

Brexit has done many things to our political discourse—most of them bad. A bleakly amusing one is that it keeps shining a light on odd and outdated bits of parliamentary procedure.

Take the case of Jo Swinson last summer. The Liberal Democrat MP had recently given birth and was due to be “paired” with Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis on a knife edge vote, meaning that he would not…

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