The Labour Party has called on backbench Conservative MPs to defy Boris Johnson’s government and vote with Labour to support the extension of free school meals over the holidays including the October half-term break just days away.
In a letter sent to Tory MPs ahead of a vote on Wednesday, Labour’s Tulip Siddiq has called for their support on a proposal that would provide meals to over 1.4 million children in every school holiday until Easter 2021.
The shadow minister for children and early years described the measure as an “important means of support for families across your constituency” and warned that in a vote “you and your colleagues will have to take a clear stance on this issue”.
Commenting today, Siddiq said: “Families across the country are worrying about how to make ends meet, but the Prime Minister is ruling out giving over a million children food support over the holidays.
“Every Conservative MP now has an opportunity to make it clear that they will support the families in their constituency who are worrying about how they will put food on the table in the weeks ahead.”