Yesterday’s motion on providing 1.4 million disadvantaged children in England with £15-a-week food vouchers during school holidays until Easter 2021 was voted down. Our M.P. Mark Menzies was one of the 319 MPs who voted against the motion. The poorest children in Lytham St. Anne’s will therefore not receive these vouchers during the forthcoming half term and Christmas holidays despite the impact of Covid-19 on employment in our area, where so many jobs and families are dependent on hospitality and service industries.
Campaigner, Marcus Rashford, 22, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honour this month, told his 3.5 million Twitter followers, ‘Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics, and let’s focus on the reality. 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.”
MP Brendon Clarke- Smith was derisive of the footballer’s intervention saying, ‘I do not believe in nationalising children. Instead, we need to get back to the idea of taking responsibility, and that means less celebrity virtue-signalling on Twitter by proxy and more action to tackle the real causes of child poverty.’
Children on free school meals will continue be fed during holidays in Scotland and Wales. Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday’s debate was ‘jaw-dropping’ and assured that the Scottish Government had already planned on continuing free school meals for the upcoming holidays.
She said: ‘Some of the quotes from Tory MPs in the free school meals debate are genuinely jaw-dropping – feeding hungry kids is tantamount to ‘nationalising’ them says this one?’