Tory MP who defied Boris Johnson quits government post

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 23, 2020

The Labour Party forced a House of Commons vote on whether to extend the offer after the Government refused to commit to Mr Rashford's demands - but Tory MPs voted against it yesterday (Wednesday).

"Free school meals are and always have been about supporting children with a meal to help them when they're at school or now at home learning", he said.

"A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today", he said on Twitter.

"However, overall support for low income families is and should continue to be delivered through Universal Credit and the benefits system".

"We aren't in the same position we were in in the summer, it's much worse", he said.

In a post on Facebook which has been shared more than 1,600 times, the restaurant said it would provide bolognaise or tomato pasta and a chocolate mousse for children in need.

Councillor Richard Henry, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: "This year has been particularly hard for everyone, and we know that these free meals could be the difference between some children being able to eat instead of going hungry".

He went on to add that child poverty could turn into the biggest pandemic that the country has sen. They are not just another statistic, and for as long as they don't have a voice, they will have mine. "You have my word on that".

Conservative backbencher Brendan Clarke-Smith (Bassetlaw) argued against Labour's proposal by saying he did not believe in "nationalising children".

"Where is the slick PR campaign encouraging absent parents to take some responsibility for their children?"

"Using a voucher system to feed underprivileged children, whilst not at school, seems to me not the best way of helping them".

The English worldwide was awarded an MBE for his work in tackling child poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tory David Simmonds (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner) also said: "What does it say about the Opposition's priorities that all of their interests are simply swept aside in favour of currying favour with wealth and power and celebrity status, spending taxpayers' money to curry favour with celebrity status, wealth and power".

The campaign has been led again by footballer Marcus Rashford who had challenged the Prime Minister on Saturday to honour his election pledge and introduce a comprehensive package to end child hunger.

"In one of the richest countries in the world, it's simply unacceptable that any child should go hungry and we're determined not to let that happen next week".

Grantham and Stamford MP Gareth Davies, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns and Sleaford and North Hykeham's Caroline Johnson, all Conservatives, voted against the provision of hot food for children until Easter 2021, called for by Labour.

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