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.”

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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
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Valerie VazShadow Leader of the HouseSee voting record
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Where does Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer stand on abortion?

Keir Starmer has been announced as the new Labour Party leader with fifty-six percent of the vote. Starmer will be joined by Angela Rayner as deputy leader.

Starmer’s election brings to an end the almost five-year duration of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party. After announcing plans to introduce abortion, for any reason, up to birth, Labour suffered their worst electoral defeat since 1935. 

Keir Starmer does not have a good record when it comes to life issues.

In July 2019 he voted in support of imposing an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland. In October 2018, he voted in support of an amendment to put pressure on the Government to change abortion legislation in Northern Ireland.

That same month, he voted in support of a Ten-Minute Rule Motion, which if it had been successful, would have introduced abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to 24-weeks in Northern Ireland – along with removing many of the current legal safeguards around abortion provision in England and Wales.

Keir Starmer’s voting record on abortion and assisted suicide.
Sourced from the Where Do They Stand voting record database.


On the assisted suicide issue, he voted in September 2015 in support of a Bill to introduce assisted suicide to England and Wales. That Bill was then defeated by a very large margin (330 votes to 118).

Ahead of the election, he 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 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.

The pledges include:

  • Introducing abortion up to birth, for any reason to the UK 
  • Opposing any attempt to reduce the abortion time limit
  • Supporting the introduction of buffer zones around all hospitals and clinics providing abortion ‘services’ 
  • Remove the two doctor clause
  • Require doctors to register their conscientious objection
  • Introduce a legal requirement for hospitals to provide abortion ‘services’

Before becoming an MP in 2015, Sir Keir Starmer made some startling revelations over his abortion stance while he was the UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions. 

A month before quitting as the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, Sir Keir ruled against the prosecution of two doctors who were secretly filmed arranging sex-selective abortions in a Telegraph exposé. The CPS stated it was not in the “public interest” to prosecute the individuals. 

In a letter explaining his decision to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, Sir Keir said that the 1967 Abortion Act “does not… expressly prohibit gender-specific abortions.” He also noted that in many cases doctors approve abortions without even meeting their patient.

Since then he has also said abortion should not be a “criminal law issue”

Speaking during a visit to a nursery in Batley, West Yorkshire, he said: “It should be a matter of a woman’s right to choose. I want to see this reviewed and changed. We need to take criminal law out of it.”

Starmer will be joined by Angela Rayner as deputy leader. Unfortunately, Rayner has a similarly bad record when it comes to the beginning of life, but appears to take a pro-life position when it comes to the end of life, voting to oppose assisted suicide.

Angela Rayner’s voting record on abortion and assisted suicide.
Sourced from the Where Do They Stand voting record database.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“We are 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. Keir Starmer has been joined by Angela Rayner, who has a similar bad record when it comes to the abortion issue. Fortunately, she opposed introducing assisted suicide in 2015 and we hope that her opposition to assisted suicide will continue in her new position and that she can be of influence on this issue to Keir Starmer and the rest of the party.

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 slow down 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.”

Opportunistic abortion activists exploiting Coronavirus

Opportunistic abortion activists around the world are attempting to exploit the Coronavirus pandemic in a bid to introduce more extreme abortion legislation.

In the UK, Labour MP Diana Johnson bemoaned that the current crisis could disrupt the abortion regime which was due to be imposed on the people of Northern Ireland by the end of March 2020.

In contrast, pro-life MP Maria Caulfield has announced she will return to frontline NHS work to help save lives and support the fight against the Coronavirus.

Diana Johnson, a key architect and supporter of imposing abortion on Northern Ireland, has suggested termination ‘services’ should’ve been introduced sooner and described the past six months as a “lost opportunity”.

Speaking in the House of Commons, she said: “Of course, abortion was decriminalised in October 2019 and we now see the lost opportunity of this medical procedure not being provided over the last six months in Northern Ireland. The failure to do that means that we are now in a much more difficult position with covid-19.”

She also sought assurances that the collapse of airline Flybe would not affect Northern Irish women from seeking a Government-funded abortion in England.

The Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office, Mr Robin Walker, stated there would be no disruption and terminations would go ahead.

He added: “The Government are under a clear legal duty, which this House put on it, to make regulations that provide lawful access to abortion services in Northern Ireland by 31 March 2020. To comply with the legal requirement, we will shortly lay regulations in Parliament.”

Across Europe and in America, abortion activists are calling on legislators to remove safeguards around abortion pills due to many countries limiting travel, during the Coronavirus.

Pro-abortion bodies around the world such as the Abortion Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood propose the use of ‘Facetime abortions‘ where an abortion consultation happens over the phone.

The abortion pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) would then be sent in the post or picked up from a pharmacy. There would nothing to stop abortion pills being taken at other locations such as schools, colleges etc, possibly under coercion from third-parties.

Right To Life UK has previously raised concerns about the availability and use of abortion pills taken at home.

In 2018, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, made it possible to take the 2nd pill used in a medical abortion (misoprostol) at home. In this case, it was the especially violent nature of  Pearson’s attack on his girlfriend that made his crime so clear.

However, the use of the abortion pill at home without any supervision, could make forced abortions far more difficult to detect.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Clare McCarthy noted at the time: “[Making the second abortion pill available to take at home] poses a threat to vulnerable girls who are at risk from sex-trafficking or child-sex abuse, as the ‘home’ abortion could be used by their abusers as a means to more easily cover up trafficking or abuse scandals.

She added: “Self-administering these strong drugs is not to be taken lightly and the utmost quality of care should be provided to these women – especially those who suffer from complications afterwards.

“Irish Obstetrician Dr. Peter Bolyan, who campaigned for the legalisation of abortion in Ireland has admitted that: ‘there are serious dangers when women take [abortion pills] without supervision. We have knowledge of women who have taken them in excessive dosage and that can result in catastrophe for a woman such as a rupture of the uterus with very significant haemorrhage… And if that happens in the privacy of a woman’s home or perhaps in an apartment somewhere, that can have very, very serious consequences for women. So, it’s really important that these tablets are…dealt with in a supervised way…’

“Abortion clinics must be able to accurately track women during and after a medical abortion in order to provide the best safety and care to a post-abortive woman. This change in law would overlook this provision of care creating a potentially dangerous medical situation for women who are at risk. It leaves vulnerable and isolated women even more at risk and recklessly alone.

“The ‘home’ abortion is not a safe or sensible solution for women. It will significantly reduce the supervision and care that is provided to women during a medical abortion.

“Taking the abortion pill away from medical supervision totally avoids dealing with the real issues facing women in that situation. It makes no provision for real, affirmative aftercare for these women potentially leading to further emotional and medical risk.

“The government needs to address the reasons women seek out abortion services in such high numbers in this country, often because of; vulnerability, isolation, lack of financial or emotional support, or pressure from a partner.”

A study of 42,600 early abortions in Finland – where there is good registry data, unlike England and Wales – found that six weeks post abortion, complications after medical abortions were four times higher than after surgical – 20% compared to 5.6%.

Pharmacist who sexually abused children highlights danger of removing abortion from criminal law

A pharmacist and self-styled pastor who sexually abused children and organised abortions for his victims, in order to cover up his abuse, has been convicted of raping several members of his church.

Michael Oluronbi preyed on children as young as eight during a campaign of abuse which lasted over 20 years, and saw four of his seven victims falling pregnant several times.

During the trial, the jury heard how Oluronbi had abused his position as a pharmacist to access certain medications and book the young victims into abortion clinics under false names. One girl estimated she had five or six during secondary school.

Five of the victims attended Oluronbi’s ‘cult-like’ church in Edgbaston, Birmingham – the same location where five Marie Stopes International abortion clinics closed this month.

Phil Bradley QC, the prosecuting barrister, revealed how some of the offending had “progressed to repeated rapes, on many occasions leading to unwanted pregnancies and terminations”.

He added: “You will learn that this man, who was revered and feared by his victims, kept a vice-like grip on many of them and continued to abuse them well into adulthood.”

One of the victims told the BBC that the Oluronbi’s actions had been “terrible” and “affected everyone’s lives”.

The abuse of one boy and six girls started when they were children – one as young as eight, and for some, continued into adulthood.

Oluronbi would rape his young victims after “spiritual baths”, while living in Birmingham and London, telling some of the children they would fail exams if they refused his advances.

The 60-year-old was finally arrested after one of his child victims, now an adult, came forward to police. He was arrested in May 2018 at Birmingham Airport as he tried to flee the UK.

Despite laughing in court while giving evidence in his own defence and denying any wrongdoing, Oluronbi was convicted on Friday after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was convicted of 15 rape charges, seven indecent assaults and two sexual assaults. His wife, 58, was found guilty of three charges of aiding and abetting rape by assisting her husband arrange abortions. Both will be sentenced at a later date.

However, police believe there could be more victims and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

The case is similar to that of senior mental health nurse, Givemore Gezi, who was jailed for having sex with an underage girl he pressured to have an abortion.  

According to the BBC, his victim told Exter Crown Court: “I still battle with my emotions, particularly about the termination.”

Gezi was initially jailed for seven years and eight months but his sentence was raised to ten years because of the “heinous abuse of trust he committed”.

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

“This case highlights the danger of removing making changes to abortion law to remove almost all legal safeguards around, which is something all four of Labour’s leadership candidates have called for. This would make it much easier for people sexually abusing children to get hold of abortion pills. While the the next Labour Party leader will not be in power , we must remain vigilant as it is likely they will support attempting to hijack the Government’s planned Domestic Abuse Bill with such an extreme abortion amendment. 

“Taking abortion outside criminal law will not only remove effectively all legal protections for unborn babies, allowing abortion for any reason up to birth but would make many incidents of abuse like these far easier to cover up”