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New dads to get a paid month off if Lib Dems win the election



Lib Dems are targeting parents with their new pledge (Picture: Neil Hall/EPA)

If Lib Dems win the keys to Number 10 Downing Street, new dads are promised a paid month off under the party’s pledge to voters.

Under the new plan revealed today, parents would benefit from an extra ‘use-it-or-lose-it dad month’ to encourage more fathers to take parental leave.

Davey said the proposal aims to give parents the ‘choice and flexibility’ they need.

The party also wants to double the statutory maternity and shared parental pay to £350-a-week, and make all parental pay and leave a right for workers from day one in a new job.

The £2,400,000,000 plan would be paid for by a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion, the party said.

Ed Davey buying some seeds on the campaign trail (Picture: Neil Hall/EPA)

But it is not the first time the party has made this pledge.

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In 2017, the Lib Dems under Tim Farron’s leadership called for a dad month to help fathers ‘bond’ with their children, the Huffington Post reported.

Currently, employers are not legally required to pay employees for parental leave although people have a right to take time off for it.

Sir Ed said: ‘Millions of parents are being denied the choice to spend more time at home during that all-important first year with their child because the UK still lags behind other countries on shared parental leave.

‘Many mothers and fathers are being forced back to work early because they simply can’t afford to take more time off.

‘The Liberal Democrats’ proposals would give new parents the choice and flexibility they need, backed up by a package of proper support.

‘We would boost statutory pay for new parents, alongside a new ‘dad month’ to help more fathers take time off work to be with their new baby during that first year, giving mums a better career boost.’

The hubbub of the General Election has momentarily paused as leaders from around the UK and the world gathered in France for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with his wife Akshata Murty at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

Tens of thousands of Allied soldiers waded through the sea and dropped from the sky at Normandy 80 years ago today, beginning the process of liberating Western Europe from the Nazis.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Labour leader Keir Starmer and Scottish First Minister John Swinney are joining the King and Queen at Vur-sur-Mer in France, where the British Normandy Memorial is located.

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The Tories and Lib Dems both took the anniversary as an opportunity to showcase how they would help veterans if they win power on July 4.

Labour also outlined their own plans in response to the announcement from the Conservatives, accusing the government of ‘promising a lot but delivering very little’.

Meanwhile, the fallout continues from the debate between Sunak and Starmer on Tuesday evening.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla also travelled to Normandy for the commemoration ceremony (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

The PM continues to stand by his claim that Labour’s policies would require a tax rise of £2,000 on UK households over four years.

However, the figure comes from analysis organised by Tory special advisors based on what they assumed Labour would include in its manifesto – which was disowned by the Treasury civil servants who seemingly helped calculate it.

Away from the General Election campaign, Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething – who’s only been in the job for two and a half months – has refused to resign after losing a no-confidence vote.

The Tories tabled the vote in the Senedd after weeks of criticism over a £200,000 donation from a businessman who was previously convicted of environmental offences.

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