Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie receives abuse for taking maternity leave – Gloucestershire Live
Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie has received abuse from constituents who are unhappy about her taking maternity leave, her office has confirmed.
The Conservative politician, who gave birth to a daughter at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital last week, announced last month she would be taking four weeks maternity leave and that her case load would still be covered.
But her office confirmed she has received messages from constituents who are unhappy that she has taken maternity leave, despite the fact it is enshrined in law.
The statement on her Facebook page reads:
Whilst the majority of constituents have been extremely supportive of Siobhan, unfortunately we have a number of abusive emails and tweets aimed at Siobhan’s maternity leave. Our staff have also received abusive messages and phone calls this week. We have a zero tolerance policy on abuse towards Siobhan and staff. And we will have no problem reporting individuals to the Police.
We ask that individuals consider their actions, as all of our staff are humans, and this week they have worked exceptionally hard to get through the thousands of emails that we have received. I would like to end on a positive and thank the majority of individuals who have been very kind and as an office we are very grateful for their continued support.
Kind regards,Office of Siobhan Baillie MP
Ms Baillie’s fellow Gloucestershire MP Mark Harper has voiced his support for her and condemned the abuse she has recieved.
He tweeted: “I strongly condemn the abuse @Siobhan_Baillie and her team have been receiving. She is a fantastic MP for Stroud, the Valleys & Vale with a hardworking team. We need more women to go into politics – this nonsense doesn’t help.”
Gloucester MP and fellow Conservative, Richard Graham, has also blasted the abuse and called it “depressing”.
In the UK employees can take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. The first 26 weeks is known as ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’, the last 26 weeks as ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.
Employees must take at least two weeks after the birth (or four weeks if they’re a factory worker).
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