Speaker feeds MP’s baby after father returns from paternity leave

Speaker feeds MP’s baby after father returns from paternity leave

There was a moment of pride and joy in New Zealand's Parliament after an MP's new-born baby was cradled and fed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives during a debate.

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New Zealand's Labour MP, Tamati Coffey, had attended Parliament on Wednesday, 21 August with his new-born baby boy, Tutanekai Smith-Coffey, after returning from his paternity leave.

In a video doing rounds on the internet, the wee lad visited the House and got to sit in the Speaker's chair and on the knee of Speaker Trevor Mallard himself.

"Normally the Speaker's chair is only used by presiding officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations Tamati Coffey and Tim on the newest member of your family," Mallard tweeted.
Speaker feeds MP's baby in Parliament after the father returns from paternity leave

Mallard cradled the baby, who was born in July via a surrogate mother to Coffey and his partner Tim Smith as he presided over a debate. Photo: BBC.
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The Speaker cradled the baby, who was born in July via a surrogate mother to Coffey and his partner, Tim Smith, as he presided over a debate.

At one point, he was seen showing off his dad skills by feeding the baby his formula milk while he calmly lay on his lap.

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

Back in November 2017, he shared his seat with Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime's then 3-month-old daughter, Heeni.

Of course, the internet was flooded with the pictures as the MP reacted positively to his son's Parliament debut on Twitter.

"This is something wonderful that is just a pleasure to see happening in our Parliament," a user wrote.

Coffey had announced the birth of his son in July, noting Smith was the biological father of the baby and the surrogate mother was a friend of a friend.

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

In a prior report by Briefly.co.za, drama and confusion greeted the National Assembly after Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Hassan was sent out of the chamber for taking her baby into the chamber.

The lawmaker had walked into the House with her baby, prompting acting Speaker Chris Omulele to order her out, terming the action non-procedural.

Bemused lawmakers watched in dismay as an equally-vexed Zuleikha was walked out by the sergeant-at-arms, despite her pleadings.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi later accused the MP of sneaking a baby into the debating chamber to create an unnecessary scene.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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