Tulip Siddiq gives birth to baby son, Raphael
After a hectic week in Parliament, MP celebrates arrival of second child at Royal Free
19 January, 2019 — By Richard Osley
SHE did not have a textbook preparation for a c-section birth, but Tulip Siddiq has celebrated the arrival of her baby son.
The Hampstead and Kilburn MP was at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after being taken by taxi to the House of Commons car park so that she could take part in the vote of confidence in Theresa May’s crisis-hit government.
Baby Raphael appeared just before 10am.
Earlier in the week, she had been pushed in a wheelchair to take part in Tuesday night’s Commons vote which saw MPs overwhelmingly reject Mrs May’s European Union withdrawal terms.
Ms Siddiq had delayed the Caesarean in order to vote against the Brexit deal, raising new calls for a proxy system allowing MPs to vote without being present in special circumstances.
Baby Raphael and, below, Tulip Siddiq and her husband Chris earlier in their relationship
Ms Siddiq and her husband Christian Percy thanked staff at the hospital. “We are extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses, midwives and staff at the Royal Free hospital for their brilliant work and for looking after our son so well,” Ms Siddiq said.
Raphael Mujib St John Percy is their second child, and follows the birth of daughter Azalea in 2016.