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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:13 PM

Government agrees to call pregnant women mothers [View all]

The government has agreed to change its bill allowing ministers to take maternity leave, so that it uses the term "mother" rather than "person".

The Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill would ensure up to six months' leave on full pay.

But the House of Lords rejected the use of the word "person" in its text.

The government initially argued this was in line with "drafting convention" but has changed its view, saying use of "mother" is legally "acceptable".

The bill was introduced in time for Attorney General Suella Braverman, who is expecting her second child, to take maternity leave this year. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-56204865

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