Sick trolls bombard new mum MP with ‘abusive messages’ for taking maternity leave after giving birth during pandemic

SICK trolls have bombarded a new mum MP with 'abusive messages' for taking maternity leave after giving birth during a pandemic.

Siobhan Baillie, the Conservative MP Stroud, gave birth last week and has suffered a "number of abusive emails, calls and social media posts".

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The new mum-of-one has received messages – mostly from men – criticising her decision to take maternity leave.

The MP is only planning to take four weeks of maternity leave and has received support from fellow MPs including Harriet Harman, Stella Creasy, Flick Drummond, Caroline Nokes and Ruth Cadbury.

Her office said it would have "no problem reporting individuals to police".

One person wrote to the MP: "This is a time of national crisis and it is not acceptable that the constituents of Stroud have no MP to represent them and that their correspondence will be ignored for a month.

"We have a legal right to an MP. Please inform of where I direct an official complaint regarding the Stroud constituency currently having no MP.

"I believe there is now a breach in our democratic law which needs to be addressed immediately."

Another wrote: "I am amazed she has the nerve to take maternity leave when she has only been in the post for five months."

One constituent described Mrs Baillie being on maternity leave as a "dereliction of duty".

Harriet Butcher, who is Mrs Baillie's senior parliamentary assistant, said: "Sadly, Siobhan has received unpleasant emails, the vast majority from men, who seem to think the 2010 Equality Act does not apply to a woman because she is an MP.

"It does apply and Siobhan has an absolute right enshrined in law to take maternity leave.

"Presently, it is her intention to do so for a minimum of four weeks, which is considerably less than she is legally entitled to.

"Comprehensive arrangements have been made with her staff and with other Gloucestershire MPs, if necessary, to help any Stroud constituent during the short time she is away.

"Why anyone would be 'astonished' a mother would not want to take time off to care for and bond with her daughter we find incredible, especially when thorough arrangements have been made to ensure it is very much business as usual while Siobhan is away."


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