Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
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'Edwardian' paternity leave to change

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has outlined plans to press ahead with changes in April to allow couples to share maternity leave.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has outlined plans to press ahead with changes in April to allow couples to share maternity leave.

In a speech, he confirmed that a woman returning to work before the end of her maternity leave can now transfer the remaining entitlement to the father, up to a maximum of six months.

He said the current ''Edwardian'' paternity leave system has no place in modern Britain.