Most in politics would see the campaign led by Marcus Rashford MBE, helping school children already eligible for free school meals, to continue to during school holidays as a winner. It is the right thing to do and it is popular, who doesn’t want to back a winner.
The Conservatives apparently, as the vote last week to extend free school meals during school holidays was voted down by 317 Conservative MPs, and 1 independent.
The anger around the country since the move to block the vote has been palpable, but seemingly unheard by the government who today wheeled out Health Secretary Matt Hancock to make a statement.
Hancock’s statement can be seen and heard below, where extremely uncomfortably he says: “What nobody should be under any question about is whether we want to support all children to get good food and (stutter, stutter) and a good meal at all times.”
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Hancock like his colleagues in Government however voted to exclude school children of the benefit of FSM during holidays, but he did stop short of ridiculing those that step in to fill the gap by helping out, unlike his fellow MP Selaine Saxby.
Saxby’s recent remarks ridiculing the hospitality industry and hospitality people who are helping out can be read in full here. Today Liberal Democrats in her North Devon constituency called for her resignation over the comments.
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