The British government is to introduce paid maternity leave for senior ministers for the first time, as Downing Street said today the current rules were outdated. 

The bill was drawn up because the government's top legal officer, Attorney General Suella Braverman, is due to have a baby shortly. 

Under existing rules, she would have to resign or hand her responsibilities over to be split between several others.

A Downing Street spokesman said the "current rules are clearly outdated and need fixing".

The new legislation will enable women to take six months' leave while being paid their ministerial salary. 

It is supported by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.