UK Politics

Conservative Party: Too little too late on paternity leave

News   •   Feb 01, 2010 08:55 GMT

Theresa May, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, says fathers will get up to twice the amount of paid paternity leave under Conservative plans, compared to the Government's latest plans.

The Government’s announcement on paternity leave trails behind the Conservative’s proposals on flexible parental leave announced years ago.

"The truth is that this announcement is a pale imitation of our own proposals", May said.

She said she hoped that the Government has finally followed the Conservative lead on accepting the need for parents to have more flexibility in how they take their paid maternity leave, but expressed doubts about the pledge.

"Labour’s track record implies that this is a pre-election pledge that could be quietly dropped after voters go to the polls. They went into the last election promising to extend maternity leave to a year, but have broken that pledge - why should anyone trust them on paternity leave now?