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All MPs making up Labour’s new shadow cabinet have never voted pro-life on abortion

The new leader of the Labour party Sir Keir Starmer has appointed a shadow cabinet that has never voted pro-life on abortion.

An analysis of 16 votes going back 13 years to 2007 shows that none of 29 MPs handed roles in the shadow cabinet today have voted pro-life on abortion.

A deeper analysis of the results further highlights how out-of-touch the newly formed opposition are with the general public on abortion.

Polling shows that 93% of women support a law banning sex-selective abortion in the UK. However, out of the 15 shadow cabinet MPs who were eligible to vote on banning sex-selective abortion in the UK 11 voted against and 4 abstained.

Similarly, the polling shows that 91% of women in the UK would support a bill that gave women considering abortion a legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision. Yet, when the opportunity to support such a change in law arose eleven voted against, 2 abstained and none voted in favour.

In the UK, only 1% of the population support legislation allowing abortion for any reason up to birth. However, the majority of MPs in Labour’s shadow cabinet threw their support behind a 2017 Bill calling for such a change. The Bill introduced by pro-abortion Labour MP Diana Johnson was supported by 16 MPs, with 9 abstaining and none voting against the Bill.

On assisted suicide there is a much more positive picture, with the 29 MPs sharing a mixed voting record. Out of the 23 shadow cabinet MPs eligible to vote when assisted suicide was roundly defeated, in 2015, 11 voted against its introduction while only 6 voted for and a further 6 abstained. 

Despite his poor record on life issues, Sir Keir Starmer won the contest to lead the Labour party on Saturday with fifty-six percent of the vote. 

His election comes after Jeremy Corbyn announced he would step down as Labour leader shortly after losing a fourth general election in a row last year.

The now former Labour leader had pledged to introduce abortion, for any reason, up to birth, but ultimately the party suffered their worst electoral defeat since 1935. 

Unfortunately, it seems neither Sir Keir Starmer or his shadow cabinet are any different.  

Since becoming an MP in 2015, he has voted in support of imposing an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland and in favour of assisted suicide.

Ahead of the election, Sir Keir Starmer signed a pledge from the UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, to support a change in law that would introduce abortion for any reason up to birth – the only Labour leadership candidate to have done so.

Additionally, he has thrown his support behind a host of pro-abortion pledges listed in an open letter to his as evidenced through his personal tweet in reply.

Speaking of his new appointments Sir Keir Starmer said: “I’m proud to have appointed a shadow cabinet that showcases the breadth, depth and talents of the Labour Party.

“This is a new team that will be relentlessly focused on acting in the national interest to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding Labour so that it can win the next election.”

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: 

“The new shadow cabinet continues to show how out of touch the Labour party are with the general public and women on the issue of abortion. 

“Last year, Right To Life UK’s analysis of the 2019 election revealed that the number of pro-life MPs has increased while the pro-abortion lobby has lost a large number of MPs. In the Republic of Ireland all fifteen politicians who voted against legalising abortion kept their seats in the country’s general election while many of the country’s strident pro-abortion members lost their seats. 

“With that in mind we were disappointed to see the Labour Party elect yet another leader who takes an extreme pro-abortion position when it comes to voting on abortion in Parliament and remain disappointed to see this is also the case with the shadow cabinet.

However, we are also hopeful that what appears to be the Labour Party moving back to an overall more centrist position will make it easier for Labour MPs who are pro-life to maintain their position as Labour MPs. Momentum-led local party associations have put an enormous amount of negative pressure on some Labour Party MPs that have taken a pro-life position on life issues. With the election of a non-Momentum candidate as leader, we are hoping that this will signal a slowdown of these extreme elements in the party and that the party will be more open to a variety of views on life issues among its MPs.”

MPRole within cabinetVoting Record
Keir Starmer, Leader of the OppositionLeader of the OppositionSee voting record
Angela RaynerDeputy Leader and Chair of the Labour PartySee voting record
Anneliese DoddsShadow ChancellorSee voting record
Lisa NandyShadow Foreign SecretarySee voting record
Nick Thomas-SymondsShadow Home SecretarySee voting record
Rachel ReevesShadow Chancellor of the Duchy of LancasterSee voting record
David LammyShadow Justice SecretarySee voting record
John HealeyShadow Defence SecretarySee voting record
Ed MilibandShadow Business, Energy and Industrial SecretarySee voting record
Emily ThornberryShadow International Trade SecretarySee voting record
Jonathan ReynoldsShadow Work and Pensions SecretarySee voting record
Jonathan AshworthShadow Secretary of State for Health and Social CareSee voting record
Rebecca Long-BaileyShadow Education SecretarySee voting record
Jo StevensShadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport SecretarySee voting record
Bridget PhillipsonShadow Chief Secretary to the TreasurySee voting record
Luke PollardShadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs SecretarySee voting record
Steve ReedShadow Communities and Local Government SecretarySee voting record
Thangam DebbonaireShadow Housing SecretarySee voting record
Jim McMahonShadow Transport SecretarySee voting record
Preet Kaur GillShadow International Development SecretarySee voting record
Louise HaighShadow Northern Ireland Secretary (interim)See voting record
Ian MurrayShadow Scotland SecretarySee voting record
Nia GriffithShadow Wales SecretarySee voting record
Marsha de CordovaShadow Women and Equalities SecretarySee voting record
Andy McDonaldShadow Employment Rights and Protections SecretarySee voting record
Rosena Allin-KhanShadow Minister for Mental HealthSee voting record
Cat SmithShadow Minister for Young People and Voter EngagementSee voting record
Lord FalconerShadow Attorney General--
Valerie VazShadow Leader of the HouseSee voting record
Nick BrownOpposition Chief WhipSee voting record
Baroness SmithShadow Leader of the Lords--
Lord McAvoyLords’ Opposition Chief Whip--

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.