Labour MP delays giving birth to vote against Brexit deal

Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq. Image: UK Parliament

Monday, January 14, 2019

A heavily pregnant Labour MP has announced she has postponed her Caesarean section in order to vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Tulip Siddiq, who is the MP for Hampstead and Kilbur, has pushed back the procedure by two days in order to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in tomorrow's meaningful vote.

The 36-year-old told the Evening Standard she intends to be taken through the lobby in a wheelchair by her husband Chris.

 

'I am thinking about my child's future'

“If my son enters the world even one day later than the doctors advised, but it’s a world with a better chance of a strong relationship between Britain and Europe, then that’s worth fighting for," Ms Siddiq told the newspaper.

"I am thinking about my child’s future when I made this decision - his future in the world. If it comes to an absolute emergency, I will of course prioritise the baby’s health."

Doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead had advised Ms Siddiq deliver her baby at 37 weeks after she developed gestational diabetes.

Tulip Siddiq pictured in 2017. Image: Getty

Usually, heavily pregnant MPs and those who are absent due to sickness can rely on a pairing system, in which an opposition MP is not allowed to vote, so the overall result is not affected.

However, Ms Siddiq claimed she did not trust the system, after Conservative Party chair Brandon Lewis, broke a pairing arrangment with Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson last year.

He later apologised, claiming he voted by accident.