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Campaign for Free School Meals

October 23, 2020 7:32 PM

Daisy Cooper, MP for St Albans, Deputy Leader of the Lib DemsDaisy Cooper, MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems and Education Spokesperson writes:

This pandemic has shone a spotlight on the travesty of child food poverty. Finally, it feels like this is something everyone is talking about - everyone, it seems, except this Tory government.

Last week, Liberal Democrat Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, guaranteed free school meal provision during school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

We've been calling on the government to make free school meals available for every child in poverty in England, including during school holidays and lockdowns.

It is the right thing to do. But yesterday, Conservative MPs voted down an extension of free school meal provision for school holidays.

Well, we're not giving up.

We stand with major supermarkets, charities, Marcus Rashford and the British public, to speak with one voice and say, no child should have to go hungry, on any day of the year.