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Speaker feeds MP's baby in Parliament after father returns from paternity leave

No caption Speaker feeds MP's baby in Parliament after father returns from paternity leave
Deanna Wagner | 22 August, 2019, 15:31

It was born to a surrogate mother in July, when Mr Coffey revealed how the baby's two fathers were "dads overwhelmed at the miracle of life".

At one stage Mr Coffey's baby gurgled slightly in the arms of the smiling speaker, who continued with the debate.

On Wednesday, Mr Coffey attended a parliamentary debate with his baby for the first time after returning from paternity leave.

Meanwhile, the cuteness level rose tenfold when Speaker Trevor Mallard took on the role of babysitter.

"Normally the Speaker's chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me", Mallard said in the Twitter post, which has since been shared widely and reported on by news media around the world.

Speaker Trevor Mallard appeared delighted as he held and fed Tūtānekai while presiding over the debate.

Mallard, a father of three, has shown before that he is right at home with the country's littlest citizens.

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In an interview with New Zealand's Newshub, Mr Coffey said he felt "supported by my colleagues from across the house".

When Mallard became Speaker in 2017, he promised to make Parliament a more family-friendly place.

About a dozen MPs have had children in a parliamentary baby boom, and fellow legislators were quick to welcome Tutanekai to the burgeoning group.

While it might be heartwarming to see the male lawmakers embrace a baby in New Zealand's Parliament, it has been quite the opposite in the Kenyan House.

Some members of the parliament also took to the microblogging service to express their delight over little Tūtānekai's presence in the house.

Meanwhile, one member in our own assembly session held in Balochistan was asked to leave because she bought her six-month-old along.