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UK to give top politicians maternity leave

LONDON — The U.K. government is expected to change the law to allow Attorney General Suella Braverman to go on maternity leave without having to resign from her Cabinet position.

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Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg will put forward a bill on Thursday that will allow Braverman, who is expecting a baby in the next few weeks, to take six months’ maternity leave on full pay, and effectively hold another office while a temporary replacement takes on the tasks of the attorney general, POLITICO’s London Playbook reported.

Current rules would have forced Braverman to resign or to be demoted from her Cabinet position, as the U.K. does not have provisions for secretaries of state and law officers to take maternity leave, though junior ministers do have the entitlement.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to tell colleagues this is an outdated rule that has long needed fixing, and that he wants to make sure all women in Cabinet get the maternity pay received by other ministers and civil servants.

Braverman will return as attorney general when her six-month leave is over.

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Alex Wickham

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