Labour MP Tulip Siddiq delays giving birth so she can vote on Brexit deal

A Labour MP has delayed giving birth so she can vote on Theresa May ’s Brexit deal.

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq says she has postponed the date of her caesarean section by two days because she doesn’t trust the House of Commons pairing system.

And she says she’ll be wheeled through the voting lobbies by her husband, Chris.

She told the London Evening Standard : “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.”

Usually heavily pregnant women would be ‘paired’ with an MP on the opposing side, who would also not vote in order to ‘cancel out’ their absence.

 

But last year, Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was accused of “cheating” after he failed to honour a pairing agreement with Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson, who was on maternity leave.

It helped Theresa May narrowly avoid a humiliating Commons defeat on Brexit trade plans.

Mr Lewis said it had been a mistake.

Medical staff at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead had advised Ms Siddiq to give birth by elective caesarean section today or tomorrow.

The date had been brought forward, according to the Evening Standard , because she developed gestational diabetes.

But Ms Siddiq asked if she could move the date back to Thursday, and staff agreed.

She added: “If the pairing system is not honoured, there’s nothing I can do, and it’s going to be a very close vote. I’ve had no pressure at all from the whips to come and vote but this is the biggest vote of my lifetime.”

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