Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, will be returning to work on Saturday 1st April 2017 following a six-month Maternity Leave.
Chloe and her husband welcomed their baby boy at the end of September 2016. Her husband will now take six months of Shared Parental Leave, sharing their responsibility equally.
Chloe ensured that her constituents would continue to get any help needed in her absence, through her Constituency Office. Her staff held Constituency Surgeries on her behalf in the usual way with the support if necessary of Chloe’s experienced neighbouring MP Keith Simpson.
Chloe interrupted her Maternity Leave to vote in favour of the Bill to withdraw from the EU. She contributed to Parliamentary history by bringing her baby into the House of Commons chamber during the key votes on the Bill.
Chloe has monitored Brexit and other important national and constituency issues over the last six months. As do most parents on leave, Chloe has also used some “keeping in touch” days to stay on top of things.
Chloe will now be straight back to work in the constituency, and later in the month in Parliament once it returns after Easter.
In Norwich, she starts with a typical canvassing session in the constituency on Saturday morning, and continues through the week with a series of meetings covering the local NHS, councils, police, the third sector and more to discuss constituency casework and upcoming issues.
Chloe will continue to prioritise her Norwich For Jobs Project, which has been chaired in her absence by Caroline Williams, CEO of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, and her Social Mobility Project, which has been chaired by Baroness Shephard during Chloe’s Maternity Leave.
Chloe comments: “I’m looking forward to getting stuck back in. There’s lots to do for constituents in Norwich and of course on the crucial current issues in Westminster. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve had during leave, and it’s wonderful to be a parent. I know that like most families there’ll be plenty of juggling ahead, but I’m passionate about my job too and am excited to continue with the work I do representing Norwich North both locally and in Westminster.”