Angela Rayner has said Boris Johnson and his government should be “ashamed of themselves” for letting children go hungry after Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed that the intervention in the UK by Unicef is a “political stunt”.
The UN agency announced on Wednesday that it would, for the first time in its more than 70-year history, take action in the UK as it pledged a grant of £25,000 to the School Food Matters project to supply breakfasts to children over the holidays.
Rees-Mogg described the action from the UN agency in parliament this morning as a “real scandal” and a “political stunt”, accusing the organisation of “playing politics”. He added: “Unicef should be ashamed of itself.”
Labour’s deputy leader slammed the comments by the House of Commons leader, saying: “The only people who should be ashamed of themselves are Boris Johnson and the rest of his government for letting our children go hungry.
“In one of the richest countries in the world, our children should not be forced to rely on a charity that usually works in war zones and in response to humanitarian disasters.