Here’s how Hastings and Rye MP voted on free school meals motion

A motion put forward by Labour to offer free school meals during holidays until Easter next year was defeated in the Commons yesterday evening (Wednesday, October 21).

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 1:03 pm
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MPs rejected the motion by 322 votes to 261.

Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart voted against the motion.

The campaign to extend school meals into the holidays was spearheaded earlier this year by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who forced the Government into a U-turn on the summer break.

Five Conservative MPs rebelled against the Government yesterday evening to support Labour’s motion, one of whom was neighbouring Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell.

Mrs Hart said: “I am committed to ensuring that young people have the support and opportunities to succeed for the future. We will always provide a safety net to ensure that those who need it most are supported.

“This includes £63m in funding for councils to provide emergency assistance to families with food essentials and meals.

“I am continuing to support our most vulnerable children and families including ensuring children who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive them if required.”

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