OPINION: Tory votes against Free School Meals highlight the utter failures and indifference of our government

Leicester Student Magazine

Written by Ella Johnson

As schools enter October half term, 1.4 million disadvantaged children in the UK who would usually receive Free School Meals will not be receiving food vouchers as a result of the House of Commons vote this week.

After England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford led a brilliantly successful campaign to have school children continue to receive support during the six-week summer holidays this year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List and was thanked by Boris Johnson, who stated in a televised briefing back in June, that he was “right to draw attention to this issue”. Yet, this week’s vote saw 322 MPs – including Mr Johnson himself – vote against the motion to extend this further outside of term time. As a direct result, thousands of children will go hungry this week. Thousands of families will face the dilemma of paying…

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