The question of making the UK legislatures family friendly as my las t blog reported is unlikely to change in the future.
Although more men do not automatically presume child rearing falls mainly on their female partner the gender balance is still tilted to male representatives .
Prehaps the first way of tackling the problem is the looking at our elected polticians as "representative rather than delegates
If we looked at our Senedd members as delegates , then the idea of having nominated proxy voting when a member is absent if he or she ill, on maternity leave or for a number reasons would not be so problematic.
All members of the Senedd and Westminster employ staff and we should consider whether aone of these could be empowered to take part in debates and voting in place of the MS or MP with the permission of the Llywydd (in the Senedd) or the Speaker (Westminster).It might even solve the problem of members employing family members as they could be the nominated Proxy delegate, and yes it could lead to Christine Hamilton acting in place of her husband Neil representing Ukip in Y Siambr.