In response to Kathy Gyngell: Step aside, Stella, you’re not irreplaceable,
Women who want to be MPs should do so once their child-bearing years are over. This might have the added benefit of getting rid of the vast numbers of young and highly emotional women that seem to plague Parliament today.
Being elected as an MP is the equivalent of a fixed five-year contract. There is no guarantee that your contract will be extended. How many women in the real world of employment with such a contract would demand paid maternity leave and a substitute to cover while they are gone?