Source: Labour Party UK
Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has called for an apology after Government Minister Paul Scully attempted to justify the Conservatives’ opposition to Labour’s motion to extend free school meals during holidays by saying that children have been going hungry for years.
Today (Wednesday 21 October) Labour will force a vote in the House of Commons on the issue of free school meals. Labour’s motion calls for the provision of free school meals to be extended over each school holiday from October half term to Easter 2021. But without the support of Conservative backbenchers, support will be withdrawn ahead of next week’s half term.
Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“This is a slap in the face for families struggling to make ends meet.
“Rising child poverty and more families going hungry is the shameful legacy of the Conservatives’ decade in power.
“Paul Scully should apologise for his disgraceful comment and Conservative MPs should do something about this injustice by supporting Labour’s plan to ensure no child goes hungry over Christmas.”