March 13, 2018
Contact: Morecambe and Lunesdale Labour Party

Free School Meals Vote in Parliament

When his own constituency has a child poverty rate of 1 in 4 and there is evidence of rickets due to poor nutrition, our MP David Morris, his Conservative colleagues, and their DUP allies, voted for up to 130,000 children in the North West of England to lose access to Free School Meals.

The Children’s Society has predicted 1 million children across the country will be denied eligibility to free school meals under the plans to introduce thresholds for people Universal Credit.

Despite Labour firmly opposing the measure, the Government prevailed by 312 votes to 254.

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale, Lizzi Collinge, said "I'm saddened but ultimately not shocked that Mr Morris supported this measure. The rule changes for new Universal Credit recipients will limit access to nutritious food for the kids who need it most. Given that Mr Morris has previously denied that there is poverty in the area, perhaps he is equally blind to the effects of this new policy."

Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Minister posted on Twitter, "So sorry about this, we tried our best but government voted against us on our motion for free school meals, we will continue to campaign for #freeschoolmeals for the poorest children"

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