MP votes against free school meals extension

Crewe and Nantwich MP votes against extending free school meals

Crewe and Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan voted this evening against an amendment to extend free school meals during school holidays.

The amendment, tabled by the Labour Party called on Conservative backbench MP’s to defy Leader Boris Johnson and support the plan.

Had the motion carried it would have seen children have access to free school meals over holiday periods until Easter 2021.

According to the Labour proposal, this would mean 1.4 million children would have continued to receive free school meals outside of term time.

The vote comes after a well publicised campaign led by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to support the most vulnerable schoolchildren.

Rashford forced the government to reverse a previous policy and provide food vouchers for vulnerable children during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier today (October 21st) Mr Rashford tweeted:

The votes came at a time when the use of foodbanks is predicted to grow by up to 61% according to the Trussell Trust.

Research also for the trust has shown an uptake in the use of foodbanks as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Research carried out by the Heriot-Watt University has estimated an extra 670,000 people may be classed as destitute by the close of 2020, as a result of increased unemployment caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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