This afternoon (Wednesday 20th October 2020) a debate was held in the House of Commons to provide free school meals to the most vulnerable children over the upcoming half term holiday and over the Christmas break up until Easter 2021.
The motion which was proposed by the Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer and seconded by Deputy Leader Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education Kate Green, Tulip Siddiq, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Walsall South MP Valerie Vaz and Labour Chief Whip Nicholas Brown.
Over a million children are at risk of going hungry over the holidays without access to free school meals. It was essential that the Government provided this support urgently.
When the vote came all Conservative MP’s except five voted against providing these essential free school meals for the most vulnerable children in Walsall and across the country.
Walsall North MP Eddie Hughes and Aldridge-Brownhills MP Wendy Morton chose to stand with their Conservative colleagues and deny these children the free school meals they needed over the half-term holiday and over Christmas.
In Walsall North alone the choice by Eddie Hughes and his party will deny 5,500 children access to Free School Meals over the half term and Christmas break.
Both Eddie Hughes and Wendy Morton will need to explain to their constituents why they have chosen to vote against this proposal.