Pregnant Labour MPs or those on maternity leave should be automatically reselected as a candidate in the next election, says a former deputy leader.

Harriet Harman warned of a “justified outcry” if an MP going through the selection process miscarried.

Members can trigger a vote if they don’t want their current MP to run as their candidate in a general election.

Some Labour MPs have been threatened with deselection, including Ellie Reeves who is five months pregnant.

In a letter to her party’s National Executive Committee, Ms Harman said it was important for party members to have a say but added “accountability is in conflict with the principles of how we expected pregnant woman and new mothers to be treated”.

Calling for such MPs to be automatically

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