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Andrea Leadsom MP sets up mother's baby help group

The MP for South Northamptonshire has told the Commons she is starting up a social enterprise to support women after they give birth.

Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom is establishing the charity in Towcester to help families who struggle to form an emotional bond with their babies.

She said the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Project (NORPIP) followed the success of a similar project in Oxford.

It will begin in September and could be rolled out across the country.

Mrs Leadsom said: "My aim is that we will eventually offer this type of support for new families and their babies right across the UK."

The service will offer psychotherapeutic counselling to new families that are struggling to form a secure bond with their babies.

Mrs Leadsom said: "Homelessness, drug addiction, self harming, depression, criminality - the worst social problems - stem from the damage done when the baby is less than two years old."

Cabinet Office Minister, Oliver Letwin praised the MP's efforts in the Commons.

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