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Opinion: Shared Parental Leave? Why Bother?

Nick Clegg’s announcement today may be overshadowed by various rows in the media, but this is an historic moment. Parents will soon be able to share 50 weeks of the 52 weeks maternity leave entitlement, and everyone will have the right to request flexible working.

Why does this matter?

Because we are wasting the talent of our women workers to such an extent that when women start a family they often take a drop in their pay, lose the opportunity for promotion or even can find themselves locked out of the labour market. About one million women are missing from the …

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  • User AvatarMike Drew 28th Nov - 12:59am
    Mr Wallace is that the only reason you decide to vote for a party? If it is so important to you I think you would...
  • User AvatarLiberal Al 28th Nov - 12:15am
    @Stuart: first of all, this guy is not a Lib Dem. Second, as the anti-immigration crowd so often like to say, just because we disagree...
  • User AvatarLiberal Al 28th Nov - 12:13am
    The problem with the immigration debate is simple: "the UK has problems; the UK has immigration; the UK must, therefore, have problems due to immigration."...
  • User AvatarHywel 28th Nov - 12:01am
    (1) Didn't seem borne out by that article though (http://may2015.com/features/how-are-the-lib-dems-polling-and-will-they-survive-in-may-2015/) which says the pre 2005 (ie non-first term MPS) saw an average vote drop -...
  • User AvatarLiberal Al 27th Nov - 11:49pm
    According to Simon it 260,000, according to Tez, it is 150,000 - so much for facts. Also, I love how Guy Verhofstadt quotes the founder...
  • User AvatarEnlight_bystand 27th Nov - 11:45pm
    @johntilley the other point with the increased media coverage is that there tends to be a high volume of fringe candidates, who I'd guesss will...