The British Parliament is known as the "Mother of Parliaments."

But surely the "Mother of Parliaments" more aptly describes this member of the EU Parliament, who brought her baby into work with her.

Licia Ronzulli, who represents Italy's North West District in the EU Parliament, took her daughter Victoria to a vote in the EU's other parliament building in Strasbourg (the normal parliament building is in Brussels but, at a cost of thousands to the EU taxpayer, everything has to be moved over to Strasbourg for several weeks a year to satisfy the French ego).

Licia, a member of the centre-right Italian party The People of Freedom, which itself is a member of the European People's Party, had her baby cradled against her in a sling and occasionally leant over to kiss her daughter's forehead.

The 35-year-old was taking advantage of relatively relaxed rules in the EU Parliament, a parliament which represents all of the EU's 501 million people, that allow women to take their baby to work with them. It's unlikely to catch on in Westminster.

Will we ever see this at Westminster? Working mother cradles her baby in sling as she casts her vote at EU Parliament

By Nick Pisa
22nd September 2010
Daily Mail

It's probably one of the few occasions when sleeping on the job would be positively encouraged.

Afterall, if Licia Ronzulli's baby did wake up, she would prove something of a distraction to other members of the European Parliament.

Mrs Ronzulli, an MEP from Italy, took her tiny daughter Victoria to a vote at Strasbourg. She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a sling and occasionally leant to kiss her on the forehead.

Sweet dreams: Licia Ronzulli's tiny baby sleeps peacefully in a sling tied round her mother's shoulders at the European Parliament

Mrs Ronzulli continued with business as normal, only pausing to plant a tender kiss on her child's head

The baby did not even seem to be a distraction to the rest of the members of the Parliament

The 35-year-old was taking advantage of relatively relaxed rules that allow women to take their baby to work with them.

However, the trend seems unlikely to catch on at Westminster.

Mrs Ronzulli won her seat in last year's EU elections and is a member of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party.

Victoria was born on August 10. Her father is also a member of People of Freedom and he is called Renato Cerioli.

Mrs Ronzulli is from the Lombardy region of northern Italy and won her seat with 40,000 votes.

She and her husband are close friends of Berlusconi - in fact he was a witness at the couple's wedding.

She is a member of the environment, health and food safety commission in Strasbourg and has also worked as a nurse in Milan and Bangladesh before become a hospital director and then turning to politics.


Women now control a majority of the seats in Switzerland's executive branch, less than four decades after the country became one of Europe's last to grant women the right to vote in national elections.

Social Democract lawmaker Simonetta Sommaruga was elected to the Cabinet in a fourth round of parliament voting Wednesday.

A battle over a second vacant seat was scheduled for later Wednesday, but Sommaruga's win gives women four of the seven posts in the unique ruling Cabinet of Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU.

Swiss women have participated in national votes since 1971, after Swiss men granted women full suffrage in a nationwide referendum.

One Swiss canton, Appenzell Inner-Rhodes, blocked women from local elections until 1990.

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