Oh boy! Leeds MP’s new baby has definite cross-party appeal

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Whatever their party, it seems the UK’s politicians are simply wild about Harry.

Leeds West’s Labour MP Rachel Reeves, who is married to Nick Joicey, gave birth yesterday afternoon to their second child.

She took to Twitter to announce the arrival of Harold Graham Joicey, who tipped the scales at 8lb 5oz and is named after his grandfathers.

And people from across the political spectrum were quick to pass on their congratulations, with Louise Mensch and Jo Swinson, former Tory and Lib Dem MPs respectively, among those tweeting good wishes.

Wakefield’s Labour MP Mary Creagh tweeted: “Many congratulations on the arrival of your lovely new son Rachel! Thrilled for you all.”

There were also tweets from Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, and Tom Riordan, the local authority’s chief executive.

Rachel today told the Yorkshire Evening Post she was “incredibly grateful” for the “amazing care” she had received from the NHS, adding: “We’re all doing well and enjoying this happy time as a family.”

She and Nick had their first child, Anna, in 2013.

The MP’s return to the Commons later that year also saw the temporary suspension of political hostilities, with Tory opponent Greg Clark telling her: “May I begin by welcoming, on behalf of the whole House, the honourable member for Leeds West back from maternity leave, and congratulating her and her husband on the birth of Anna?

“Now that she has become used to being interrupted by someone making loud, insistent and sometimes incomprehensible demands, I am sure she is glad to have returned to the House of Commons, where such things never happen.”

Speaking at the time about going back to work, Rachel said: “Obviously whilst I’m here my focus is on being the MP for Leeds West. When I’m home, my focus is on being a mum.

“You want to be doing both, but there’s only so many hours in the day. I’m trying to get that balance right, because you don’t get that time back with your child.”