Labour shadow minister Liz Kendall reveals she is to step back from politics to become a mum at the age of 50 with the help of a surrogate

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Leicester West MP revealed she and partner are expecting a child in new yearShe is the first MP to have a child with the help of a surrogateRevealed that she previously suffered two miscarriages while trying to conceive

Labour shadow minister and former leadership challenger Liz Kendall has announced she is to become a mother at the age of 50.

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

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 a child in this way, though Labour peer Baroness Oona King had a child via a surrogate in 2013. 

Ms Kendall revealed to the Spectator that she has suffered two miscarriages and required surgery during attempts to conceive naturally, adding: ‘We have been through a lot to get here but it really is happening now and we’ve been telling people this week.’     

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

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

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

Ms Kendall was first elected in 2010 and is from the centrist moderate wing of the party. Pictured in 2016 on 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 it ended in 2015.

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

Last night she tweeted: ‘Overwhelmed by all the messages today. 

‘I’m sorry I can’t reply to everyone but this has been a properly lovely day and I’ll remember it for a very long time. Thank you x.’

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

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

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

Breaking her family news in her local paper the Leicester Mercury she said: ‘I’ll be taking 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 throughout, and my whole team will continue to provide the very best help and support to local residents.’ 

She received congratulations from across the political spectrum, with former Scottish Tory Leader Ruth Davidson saying: ‘That’s lovely news, Liz. Warmest congratulations. You’ll make such a brilliant mum.’

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

While running to be Labour leader she opened up on her private life, saying: ‘As you get older, of course you want to be settled, but life changes and it doesn’t work out. 

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

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

‘To be honest, I am not really sure when the symptoms first started. But they have been building steadily over the last year—the truly terrifying sense of anxiety and panic that I had never experienced before; feeling completely exhausted, sore and aching all over, wondering in the evenings 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 feeling downright low; and above all, what I can only describe as the catastrophically bad sleep, night after night.

‘I would finally emerge in the morning drenched with sweat, thinking: ”How on earth am I going to make it through the day?”

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

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