• Labour MP Tulip Siddiq kept her maden name after marrying Chris Percy in 2013
  • In 2016, she gave birth to their daughter, Azalea, who has her father’s surname
  • She says she and her daughter were stopped by UK border police this summer
  • She was interrogated by officials because her name wasn’t on Azalea’s passport
  • Siddiq has launched a campaign to put both parents’ names on a child’s passport

Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline

A Labour MP has launched a campaign for both parents’ names to be on a child’s passport after she was interrogated by border control while traveling with her 18-month-old daughter, who has her father’s surname.

Tulip Siddiq, who kept her maiden name after marrying Chris Percy in 2013, claimed that she was interrogated by UK border police for 45 minutes as she and her daughter, Azalea Joy, were returning from France this summer.

Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said that officials asked for her marriage certificate, Azalea’s birth certificate and asked, ‘Who is this girl?’

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who kept her maiden name after marrying Chris Percy in 2013, claimed that she was interrogated by UK border police for 45 minutes when returning from France this summer with her daughter, Azalea, who has her father's surname

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who kept her maiden name after marrying Chris Percy in 2013, claimed that she was interrogated by UK border police for 45 minutes when returning from France this summer with her daughter, Azalea, who has her father's surname

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who kept her maiden name after marrying Chris Percy in 2013, claimed that she was interrogated by UK border police for 45 minutes when returning from France this summer with her daughter, Azalea, who has her father’s surname

‘There was a lot of discussion, and other asks for documents. I went back and the whole thing was very tense, my daughter was crying and saying “mama, mama” but that didn’t seem to be what would convince him,’ she told The Guardian of her experience.

Siddiq and other Labour MPs have since launched a campaign to include both parents’ names on a child’s passport.

The inclusion would not require legislation, but only a change of regulations.

For now, the Home Office says that both parents names can be written in the ’emergency contact’ section of a child’s passport.

About one in seven women in Britain say they will keep their maiden names after marriage, which will make the decision over which name the child will have – and which parents’ name will be on the passport – more complicated.

Siddiq, pictured with her husband and daughter, and other Labour MPs have since launched a campaign to include both parents' names on a child's passport

Siddiq, pictured with her husband and daughter, and other Labour MPs have since launched a campaign to include both parents' names on a child's passport

Siddiq, pictured with her husband and daughter, and other Labour MPs have since launched a campaign to include both parents’ names on a child’s passport

Meanwhile, more than 600,000 British children have been stopped by UK border control over the last five years in an attempt to fight child trafficking.

Siddiq has said that many families who have been stopped were left stranded for hours if they didn’t have marriage or birth certificates or if they were traveling without their partners.

Siddiq said a number of parents have contacted her over their border control troubles.

‘The number of emails has been extraordinary – from celebrities, journalists, professional women, gay couples who have adopted,’ she told the Sunday Times.

She said that she has encouraged those who have contacted her to carry adoption papers and birth certificates. 

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