Kemi Badenoch unimpressed by Tulip Siddiq’s wheelchair vote

CONSERVATIVE MP Kemi Badenoch has enraged Tulipistas everywhere by claiming the Hampstead and Kilburn MP delayed the birth of her son simply to ‘make a point’ to her constituents on Brexit.

Tulip Siddiq, now due to have a Caesarian later this week, had been in the headlines this week by explaining how she would be pushed through the House of Commons this evening to vote against Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement in a wheelchair.

Ms Siddiq has been a long-term advocate of some form of proxy voting system in the Commons, often telling the story of how she felt she rushed back too early after a 40-hour labour and emergency Caesarian for her first child, Azalea, in 2016.

Ms Badenoch, speaking on the BBC today, did not seem at all impressed with the story.

To think, the two women could have been direct election rivals had Ms Badenoch not lost a selection contest in Hampstead and Kilburn to Claire-Louise Leyland ahead of the 2017 general election; a defeat which turned out to be a blessing for the former London Assembly member, given she later picked up a safe Tory seat in Saffron Walden.

Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that there aren’t Tories in Camden who share her sharp opinions – and a view some of her rivals that Ms Siddiq can too easily charm journalists with very personal stories, ahead of hard political theory – they just wouldn’t dare to say it out loud, or on TV.

 

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