(CNN)A pregnant lawmaker has delayed the birth of her second child, against doctors' advice, in order to vote against UK Prime Minister Theresa May's beleaguered EU withdrawal deal on Tuesday.
Lawmaker delays C-section to attend crucial Brexit vote
Tulip Siddiq, an opposition Labour MP for the London constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn, postponed the date of her cesarean section by two days, her office confirmed to CNN. Siddiq's husband, Christian Percy, will push her through the House of Commons lobby in a wheelchair, her office said.
After developing gestational diabetes, Siddiq was advised by medical professionals to deliver the baby either on Monday or Tuesday. She asked if she could move the date back to Thursday, and her doctors then agreed, her office 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," the 36-year-old told the Evening Standard.
Parliament has a longstanding arrangement that allows British lawmakers who are absent from parliament to be "paired" with opposing MPs who agree not to vote, thereby balancing out the tally.
The pairing agreement benefits pregnant women and new mothers in parliament, but Siddiq's office said she could no longer trust it after Conservative party chairman Brandon Lewis broke the arrangement in July 2018 with Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson.
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