Labor shadow minister Liz Kendall reveals she will step back from politics to become a 50-year-old mother

Labor shadow minister Liz Kendall reveals she will step back from politics at age 50 with help from surrogate mother

  • Leicester West MP revealed she and partner are expecting a child in the new year
  • She is the first MP to have a child with the help of a surrogate
  • Revealed she had previously had two miscarriages while trying to conceive










Labor shadow minister and former leadership challenger Liz Kendall has announced that she will become a mother at age 50.

The Leicester West MP revealed that she and her partner are expecting a child in the new year with the help of a surrogate mother.

She said she plans to temporarily step down as shadow minister for social care “to make the most of this precious time with the newest member of our family.”

She is believed to be the first MP to have had a child in this way, although Labor colleague Baroness Oona King had a child through a surrogate mother in 2013.

Ms Kendall revealed to the onlooker that she had two miscarriages and had surgery while trying to conceive naturally, adding: ‘We’ve been through a lot to get here, but it’s really happening now and we’ve got it told people this week.’

The Leicester West MP revealed that she and her partner are expecting a child in the new year with the help of a surrogate mother.

Ms Kendall was first elected in 2010 and comes from the centrist moderate wing of the party.  Pictured in 2016 during a visit as part of the APPG on the Armed Forces

Ms Kendall was first elected in 2010 and comes from the centrist moderate wing of the party. Pictured in 2016 during a visit as part of the APPG on the Armed Forces

Ms Kendall was previously in a relationship with Inbetweeners and Taskmaster star Greg Davies, but that ended in 2015.

Ms Kendall was previously in a relationship with Inbetweeners and Taskmaster star Greg Davies, but that ended in 2015.

Blairite, Cambridge educated, who dreamed of becoming a dancer

Liz Kendall was born in Abbots Langley, near Watford.

Her mother was a primary school teacher, her Labor support father left school at the age of 16 and worked his way up at the Bank of England.

She was head girl at Watford Grammar and won a place at Cambridge, although she was only persuaded to take it after her mother persuaded her to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

She captained the women’s soccer team at Queens’ College, Cambridge, while earning a first-class degree.

Her first job at Westminster was as an assistant to Arch-Blairite Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

She ran for leadership in 215 but finished a distant last for Jeremy Corbyn when the party swung disastrously to the left after Ed Miliband lost the election to David Cameron and resigned.

She supported tougher restrictions on immigration and said her party should support an EU referendum – which took place the following year anyway.

She also said the party should embrace business and stop advocating high taxes “just to make a point.”

Last night she tweeted: “Overwhelmed by all the posts today.

“I’m sorry I can’t respond to everyone, but this was a really beautiful day and I will remember it for a very long time. Thank you x.’

Ms Kendall was first elected in 2010 and comes from the centrist moderate wing of the party.

She stood to replace Ed Miliband as Labor leader in 2015 on a Blairite platform but finished last in a contest won by Jeremy Corbyn.

She then declined to work for the hard-left leader, but was given a shadow role by his successor Sir Keir Starmer.

In her local newspaper the Leicester Mercury, she shared her family news: ‘I am going on leave from work to make the most of this precious time with the newest member of our family.

“But I want to reassure my constituents that my office will remain fully open all the time and that my entire team will continue to provide the best help and support to the local residents.”

She received congratulations from across the political spectrum, with former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson saying: ‘That’s great news, Liz. Hearty congratulations. You will be such a brilliant mother.’

Ms Kendall was previously in a relationship with Inbetweeners and Taskmaster star Greg Davies, but that ended in 2015.

As she ran to become a Labor leader, she opened up about her private life and said: ‘Obviously when you get older you want to be settled, but life changes and it doesn’t work.

‘Who knows what’s going to happen? That’s all I say. I am someone who loves and wants to be loved.’

Last month she described the effect of menopause to the House of Representatives in a debate on free hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

“Honestly, I don’t know exactly when the symptoms started. But they’ve grown steadily over the past year – the truly terrifying sense of fear and panic I’d never experienced before; feeling completely exhausted, aching and aching all over, at night wondering if I could make it up the stairs to go to bed, let alone do the exercise that has always been such an important part of my life; the itching, the hair loss and just a downright low feeling; and above all, what I can only describe as the catastrophically bad sleep, night after night.

“I would finally emerge in the morning drenched in sweat, thinking, ‘How the hell am I going to get through the day?'”

“Like so many other women, I had absolutely no idea what was going on.”

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