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LONDON (AP) — Protesters in Halloween costumes marched in cities across Britain on Saturday to demand more affordable childcare.

The Mummies’ March was designed to demand reform of the UK’s rules on childcare, parental leave and flexible working, which organizers say are preventing many fathers – mainly mothers – from returning to the workforce.

Demonstrations were held in Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast. Hundreds of demonstrators marched from Trafalgar Square in London to Parliament, including families with children wearing bandages, vampire costumes and witch hats.

Among the posters and banners were the inscriptions “Raising children is not a concern” and “If it is cheaper to sit at home than to work, then the system is run by a moron.”

Britain has one of the highest childcare costs among the 38 developed countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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“We have a cost of living crisis and an economy that is not growing. You can’t solve any of these problems without investing in childcare,” said opposition Labor MP Stella Creasy, who attended the march in London.

“For me, the investment in childcare pays off because the more women — and it’s mostly women who are affected — can work, the more families can make the choices that are right for them,” she said.

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