MP Matthew Hancock will take a two month break from parliament following the birth of his third child.
The West Suffolk MP will use holiday to extend his two weeks paternity leave, which combined with parliament’s summer recess will see him based in his constituency, away from parliament, for two months.
Mr Hancock said: “I think it is important as a father to be on hand when the baby arrives and I’ll be in Suffolk doing constituency work and working on red boxes while also being there to help out with the nappies. I will of course still be able to get to Westminster if there is a tight vote.
“I’m very supportive of more flexible paternity leave, but I come from a small business background so I don’t think we need more leave, but to be able to take it flexibly between mothers and fathers.
“If the baby is asleep say between 10pm and midnight and that’s when I can get my work done, then that’s what will happen. I’ve hardly had a day off this year, and this is about flexibly juggling my work duties and my duty to my family.”
Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “While everybody would want to wish Mr Hancock and his family well as he becomes a father for the third time, it will rankle that he is granting himself a perk which is not currently available to anyone else.
“There’s little that angers taxpayers more than when politicians live by one set of rules as they impose another set on the rest of us.”