Minister promoting shared parental leave says he can’t take shared leave

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Andrew Griffiths is set to become a father but MPs do not qualify for standard parental leave

The minister responsible for encouraging couples to share their parental leave has said he is not allowed to take up the scheme he is championing.

Andrew Griffiths, the small business minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will become a father in April but said on Monday that as an “office holder rather than an employee” he was ineligible for shared leave.

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