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UK MP Tulip Siddiq delays caesarian for Brexit vote

International Desk |
Update: 2019-01-15 10:08:30 AM
UK MP Tulip Siddiq delays caesarian for Brexit vote
UK MP Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq, a pregnant Labour MP, is delaying the birth of her child so she can take part in crucial Brexit vote.

Tulip Siddiq, the granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and daughter of Sheikh Rehana, has postponed the date of her caesarean section by two days so she can vote against the deal.

Rather than being in a labour ward in hospital in north London, Tulip Siddiqplans to be pushed through the division lobbies in a wheelchair by her husband Chris.

Revealing the drastic decision, she said: '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.'

She added: '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.

'I'm choosing in a sense between career and my family life and I feel it's totally unfair and if we want more women in politics and we want people to come from different backgrounds, we need change and to introduce proxy voting.'

Tulip Siddiq, 36, Labour MP for Hampstead & Kilburn, had a difficult pregnancy with her first child Azalea, who is now two-years-old.

She had originally planned to have a caesarean section on February 4, but doctors advised she gives birth either yesterday or today after she developed gestational diabetes.

But Tulip asked if she could delay the operation until Thursday and they have agreed.

Ms Siddiq spent the weekend in hospital under observation after having steroid injections to help accelerate development of the baby's lungs.

The daily mail

BDST: 0952 HRS, JAN 15, 2019


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