Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Chloe Smith brings her baby into the Chamber as she breaks Maternity Leave for historic Brexit vote

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 03 February 2017 11:12

Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, was thought to be the first Conservative Member of Parliament to bring their baby into the House of Commons chamber when she broke her Maternity Leave to vote on Brexit.


Before the vote, Chloe commented:

"Brexit is now the central issue of our times. So, I'll be there voting for this crucial Bill to uphold the democratic result of the referendum. I'm grateful to everyone in north Norwich who's let me know their views."


Chloe was encouraged to bring her baby son, Alastair, into the House of Commons Chamber by Speaker John Bercow, who said: 'I say to the honourable lady, don't be sheepish about it! The little baby is welcome to come in. There's no problem.'

After voting, Chloe said: “Whichever way you look at it, this was a bit of history and it’ll be a privilege to be able to tell our son he was there.” 


Chloe has outlined in detail the reasons why she voted in favour of implementing Article 50 here.


Chloe will be returning fully from Maternity Leave in April.