Giving fathers a 'use it or lose it' six weeks of paternity leave will encourage them to play a key role in the early life of their children, according to a Lib Dem minister.
The party is pledging to give fathers and mothers each six weeks of time off work, with another 46 weeks of leave to be shared between the parents as they see fit.
Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said: "It is a nonsense to think it is only the mother's job to look after children. Parenting is a shared responsibility."
"The 'use it or lose' it six weeks will establish the important role of dads early on, and encourage couples to use the full flexibility on offer," she added.
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