Calls to scrap meals for MPs after they vote against school voucher extension

Furious Brits are signing a petition in their thousands calling for an end to taxpayer subsidies of MP meals after shameful Tories voted down plans to extend free school meals over the holidays.

MPs themselves are entitled to subsidised meals such as chargrilled sirloin steak with hand-cut chips, tomato, mushrooms and a Bearnaise sauce for a bargain price of just £11.77 at the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons.

But this didn't stop the country's top brass from voting against proposals to extend free school meals for the UK's most vulnerable children, with the government saying it prefers to tackle child poverty through Universal Credit handouts.

But the backlash of Tory-led Government's decision has started, with more than 425,000 people having already signed the petition which was only set up on Thursday.

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The petition, which has been set up on 38 Degrees, states: "MPs have voted against extending free school meals into the holidays for the poorest children in the UK, in the middle of a pandemic.

"They should under no circumstances benefit from free or subsidised meals out of public funds themselves. If the public purse cannot afford to feed the poorest in our society, why are we feeding those least in need?

"Already well paid public servants, set to receive yet another generous pay increase, whilst millions face hardship, job losses and poverty, do not need the public to pay for their food and drink.

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"Public funds should be spent on those most in need of them."

Portia Lawrie, who started the petition, said: "I only started this petition yesterday because I was so angry that some MPs had rejected the chance in parliament, and Marcus Rashford's campaign, to extend free school meals into the school holiday.

"I wanted to point out the clear hypocrisy between that and the food and drink the public subsidise for MP's whilst denying support to those most in need of it.

"I couldn't quite believe what I was watching unfold as hundreds of thousands of people threw their support behind it in less than 24 hours.

"It’s simply unfair that the government is refusing to use OUR money for one of the most basic responsibilities of a compassionate society – feeding hungry children.

"And the level of support this petition is getting shows clearly the level of hurt caused by those who voted against it."

"Many MPs are pushing for free school meals to be extended into the school holidays, and I applaud them.

"But It’s time for the government to listen to them, and us, and make sure children across the UK do not go hungry any longer. Enough is enough."

To sign the petition, click here.

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