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Tue, May. 24th, 2005, 04:29 pm
Breastfeeding baby upstages lazy Tory favourite

Yesterday was the big chance for David Davis, the bookies' favourite for new Tory leader, to show what he was made of. And he did.

But our attention was engaged by something quite different. In the public gallery, a woman was breastfeeding her baby. This was no protest or demonstration, since she was watched by a female attendant with an indulgent look on her face.

I would hardly bother to mention this, except that I have never seen it before, and because of the fact that women MPs were banned from nursing their own children in the chamber by the then Speaker, Betty Boothroyd. Many of them objected strongly, even those who did not have children of the appropriate age.

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