TORY MPs are set to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to U-Turn on his “disastrous” and “shockingly inept” decision to stop food provision for some of Britain’s poorest kids amid the School Holidays after Labour took a two-point lead in the polls.
The Daily Telegraph reported last night that 100 Conservative lawmakers were concerned at what was described as a “political disaster” over Free School Meals.
Labour vowed to force the Government to U-turn on the plans as they overtook Britain’s ruling party in an Opinium poll released on Saturday night.
Tim Loughton MP, a former Tory minister and MP for East Worthing and Shoreham told The Telegraph that he would vote with Labour to give free meals to some of the most vulnerable kids in society.
“It is not a question of voting with Labour. It is actually voting for what is right” he said.
“I think it is right to carry on free school cover.”
He compared Free School Meals to the NHS and said: “it can do no wrong.”
“I just don’t think it was worth the argument: not spending £20 million on further extending the school meal cover over the coming half term was just politically a mistake.” Tim added.
Another MP, who did not wish to be named said: “The clock is ticking. I am not with you unless you come up with something better.”
Sir Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex is also set to force the Government to make a U-Turn as plans are underway to provide free school meals provision over the Christmas break.
He said that the Government had “misunderstood the mood of the country”, signalling that the Tories are seriously worried about the public damage being done to their reputation as the party of the working-class.
Jenkin told The Telegraph: “The public wants to see the Government taking a national lead on this.”
“I think the Government will probably have to think again on that, particularly if there’s going to be more votes in the Commons.”
Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis MP for Great Yarmouth said that the Tories were “dealing with child poverty at the core.”
Robert Halfon MP for Harlow and Chair of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee urged the Government to “sit down with Marcus Rashford” to set out a strategy to deal with Child Poverty.
“They need to set out a long-term plan to combat child food hunger, not only looking at rolling out free school meal vouchers at Christmas temporarily during the pandemic, but also rolling out breakfast clubs, introducing a holiday activities programme, and examining Universal Credit,” he told The Telegraph.
Number Ten last night said there position on Free School Meals “had not changed” as they refused to comment on the major backlash at the decision to block free-school meals over the holidays.
BRITAIN STEPS UP
BRITAIN stepped up against the Tory cuts to Free School Meals to donate to FareShare – the Charity backed by Marcus Rashford.
Thousands of companies, stores, cafes, takeaways and restaurants also vowed to provide free school meals over Half Term for poor kids, with no questions asked.
McDonald’s also offered one million meals and supermarkets such as Tesco pledged to help.