Five-year-old daughter interrupts her journalist dad as he asks question on childcare at press briefing

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  • May 22, 2020
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This is the moment a journalist was interrupted by his five-year-old daughter as he tried to ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon a question on childcare responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Musson, the political editor of the Scottish Sun, was asking Ms Sturgeon about the possibility of mothers being forced out of work due to having to look after their children.

Illustrating the difficulties of working at home, the journalist’s daughter appeared over his right shoulder during his questioning via video-link from his home.

The intervention raised a smile from the First Minister, which then turned to laughter when the youngster switched sides and temporarily managed to get between her father and the camera.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Chris, I think you should let the other person in the room there ask a question.”

She added: “Can I say that you are, as a man, taking your fair share of the childcare there, so well done for that.”

The First Minister also made an attempt to greet the intruder, but was met with silence, before thanking the journalist and his “able helper” for the question.

Mr Musson is not the first to have a child interrupt an important work call.

Robert Kelly and his family became an internet sensation after his children interrupted his live interview (BBC)

In 2017, a video of Robert Kelly’s family went viral after his children strutted into the room and began to cause havoc during a BBC interview.

Mr Kelly, a professor of political science who lives in South Korea, reappeared on BBC in March this year to give an interview about how the country was dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

This time, the children made a planned appearance as Mr Kelly spoke about how the family were coping with the outbreak.

Last year, Labour MP Stella Creasy set an example by carrying her baby in a sling as she was sworn into Parliament while on maternity leave.

Stella Creasy was also pictured carrying her baby daughter on election night in December, 2019 (REUTERS)

The MP for Walthamstow shared footage of the moment on Instagram as she took the oath of allegiance to the Crown in the House of Commons accompanied by her daughter Hettie.

Social media users lauded the MP, branding her an “absolute legend” and “100% awesome”. One also wrote: “Amazing to see this in Parliament!”