Vicky Foxcroft's speech in Parliament today - one of the bravest things I've ever seen

(11 Posts)
Northernlurker Thu 13-Oct-16 19:28:54

I can't do links as on the app and I don't know how but you can see her speech if you look on the politics page of the bbc website.
She talked about losing her daughter at five days old after she was starved of oxygen at birth. Ms Foxcroft was 16 and it was an unplanned pregnancy which resulted in a much wanted and loved baby.
23 years of loss and you can see how hard she had to fight to keep on her feet speaking about this. So brave. What an incredibly important debate, I would just like to have seen more people in the chamber to hear it.

anon123456 Thu 13-Oct-16 23:02:38

she isnt the only person to have lost a child. she is one of many brave people.

Northernlurker Thu 13-Oct-16 23:12:44

Of course she is. I never said she was the only brave parent who had suffered loss.
If you watch her speech though you will see she has struggled to talk even to her friends about her loss and today she managed to speak in the UK Parliament about it. I think that is hugely impressive.

anon123456 Thu 13-Oct-16 23:21:51

Wasn't putting her down.
Just expressing that a lot of us have been there.
Its not a skill to appear more 'vulnerable' than others.

ICanCountToOneHundred Thu 13-Oct-16 23:24:04

I agree, incredibly moving and brave to share her experience.

TheWrathFromHighAtopTheThing Thu 13-Oct-16 23:35:30

Yes, it's happened to lots of us, but very few of us have occasion to talk about it in parliament.

I thought she did amazingly well.

SuburbanRhonda Thu 13-Oct-16 23:38:43

Its not a skill to appear more 'vulnerable' than others.

Where did the OP say this?

Northernlurker Thu 13-Oct-16 23:41:32

I don't really know why you appear to have a problem with this anon. Recognising the superb behaviour of one woman doesn't diminish anybody else. Have you actually watched her speech?

LineyReborn Thu 13-Oct-16 23:47:00

I agree with you, northernlurker.

PickAChew Thu 13-Oct-16 23:53:02

It's a very big thing to talk about something so personal and human in parliament. It was a big step when a handful of MPs talked abotut their experience of depression, a few years ago - yes, something as commonplace as depression and mental health issues. Talking honestly about something as painful as the loss, as a mother, of an infant child (even without the added scenario of being a very young mother) is a very big thing because all the heartache which makes us human is so frequently ignored in those chambers.

TheOldestCat Sun 16-Oct-16 01:17:28

I also agree with you, Northernlurker. Was chatting to some friends about the still taboo nature of baby loss and one claimed that because she spoke freely about her miscarriage and so did another friend, things have changed. Agree they have BUT there is still silence for some people and this is why Vicky's speech was so powerful and important.

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