Oh baby! Frantic dash for MP father
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MISSING an important House of Commons vote is not something MPs are generally encouraged to do, but there was a very special reason for Moray MP Douglas Ross to miss out on Tuesday's Brexit vote.
The Tory MP make a mad dash from London to Elgin in time to be with his wife Krystle on Tuesday night when she gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, at just before 10pm, weighing in at a healthy 8lb 4oz.
The youngster had been expected to make his appearance in the world on March 8 but over the course of the weekend there did not seem any signs of him sticking to the timetable. With no votes scheduled for Monday Mr Ross was given leave of absence to stay in Moray and, with the baby still not appearing keen to greet the world, the MP travelled back down to London on Tuesday with a view to taking part in the key Brexit vote.
The young lad had different ideas and Mrs Ross's waters broke just before her husband reached the Commons.
Mr Ross said: "It was a frantic dash from London to Elgin by plane and car but delighted I made it in time to support Krystle as we welcomed our baby boy into the world just before 10pm.
"I'm so grateful to the midwives and the whole team at Dr Gray's Hospital for everything they did for us. An exceptional service by each and every one of them. Both mum and baby are doing great in their care.
"Although I had a choice of staying in London or being at the birth, I will never regret the decision I took. Such a proud and special moment. Now to take some time with the family. “I know some people will be disappointed that their MP could not vote in this historic debate but I hope people in Moray will understand that I have to be with my wife at this time as we enter this new phase of our lives. I am now travelling back to Moray. While I consider representing the people of Moray one of the highest honours available to me, supporting my wife and welcoming our first child into the world has to take priority for me.
“I am very grateful for all the support we are getting at this time and I look forward to returning to work after my paternity leave.”