Danish MP told child not welcome in parliament chamber
|bbc.com 19 Mar 2019 at 15:30|
Mette Abildgaard said it was the first time she had bought her five-month-old daughter to work, as her father could not step in to take care of her.
Pia Kjaersgaard, the former leader of the far-right Danish People s Party, was said to tell her colleague, "You are not welcome with your baby."
Ms Kjaersgaard said clearer guidelines should be given for MPs with children.
, Ms Abildgaard said she had witnessed another colleague taking their child to work without any problems so she did not ask permission to do so.
She said she had agreed with her secretary that if her baby made "the slightest noise", she would not take her into the chamber, but as her daughter was "in a good mood" she decided to take her in.
Ms Kjaersgaard then passed a message to an assistant, asking the MP to remove her baby. "MPs should be in the chamber, not babies or children," Ms Kjaersgaard later told news agency Ritzau.
Her spokesman told Denmark s BT tabloid that she was only following the rules as speaker of Parliament and felt the baby was "disturbing the meeting".
Denmark is among the most generous providers of parental leave in the world. New mothers are entitled to 18 weeks, with both parents entitled to a further 32 weeks which they can split between them as they please.