Women are forced to choose between “being an MP and being a mum” because of Parliament’s rules, a pregnant Labour MP has said.

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy said that Ipsa – the body which regulates MPs’ pay – told her it does not recognise when members go on maternity leave.

Consequently, no paid cover is available for work done outside the House of Commons.

Writing in the Guardian, Ms Creasy also revealed she has had two miscarriages.

She continued working “aching and bleeding” during her first miscarriage and led a public meeting the day after her second.

“Now I’m pregnant once more and terrified – not just that it will go wrong again, but because I know that my resolve to keep my private and professional lives separate has become

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