MP Criticised For Not Supporting Free School Meal Extension

The MP for Staffordshire Moorlands has been criticised for refusing to support a bill that would have offered children free school meals over the holidays.

Last week, Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley voted against a Labour motion calling for free school meals to be offered during the holidays.

The vote came after football star Marcus Rashford MBE led a campaign for the for the scheme to be extended so it would cover the half term, and the Christmas holiday.

Since the controversial vote, local politicians have criticised Ms Bradley’s decision to not back the proposal – and local businesses and organisations have joined forces to help out families in need.

Councillor Pam Wood, chairman of Leek Health Campaign, also criticised Ms Bradley’s vote.

Ms Wood said: “It’s a case of party before people in what is after all a largely low paid constituency.

Leek district councillor, Darren Price, added:

On one level it is a crisis like this that shows what fantastic people we have here in the Moorlands.

The amazing work from the team at the Haregate Community Centre and from volunteer groups like Survive Together Leek, alongside the generous offer from the brilliant team at Pabna show that people will step up and that our community is strong, but it shouldn’t have to be like this.

Charity and generosity shouldn’t have to pick up the pieces of a broken and underfunded state.