loading...

22 October 2020 18:41

Victor Osimhen (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

az alkmaar

Nigel Farage brands free school meal vote ‘mean and wrong’

Who didn't cheer when he got his MBE this month, having run an unfailing, courteous, scrupulously non-partisan campaign for free school meal meals to be extended through the summer holidays this year? Yet when he called this week for the food vouchers to continue through half-term and Christmas, the government's response was a full-frontal political assault on what the new Tory MP for Bassetlaw, Brendan Clarke-Smith, scornfully called "celebrity virtue-signalling". They'd have known that what starts with a one-off plea for charity soon becomes a demand for free school meals all year round, for ever. It's enough to make you miss the patrician Tories of old, who at least understood why some people didn't like them. Downing Street should have realised the game was up when wise heads like Richard Holden, new MP for North West Durham, or Harlow's Robert Halfon, rebelled in the parliamentary vote that Labour triggered on making free holiday food available until Easter.

free school meals

There's a deeper emotional connection between football fans and food banks that ministers seem to be missing, too. Boris Johnson still could and should change his mind over free school meals; but arguably the damage is already done. Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has come under fire for failing to vote for free school meals south of the border. Scottish Tory MPs voted against the provision of free school meals in England, with Mr Ross abstaining. Ms Todd said: "In a time of increased financial pressure due to the pandemic, it's shameful that Douglas Ross failed to vote to deliver free school meals to nearly one million children in England." Nigel Farage has joined Labour and food poverty campaigners in criticising the Government for its refusal to extend free school meals over the holidays.

caroline ansell

A Labour motion inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign was defeated in the Commons by 261 votes to 322 on Wednesday night. The Brexit Party leader compared the Government's policy of subsidising restaurant meals in the summer with the refusal to extend free school to Easter 2021. He tweeted on Thursday morning: "If the government can subsidise Eat Out to Help Out, not being seen to give poor kids lunch in the school holidays looks mean and is wrong." "Government condemned for lack of compassion over free school meals by bleeding heart leftie *checks notes* Nigel Farage," tweeted journalist Hannah Al-Othman. "If you're keeping score at home, the UK government has now gone to the right of Nigel Farage," commented another. "Therefore, last night, I voted for Labour's motion on extending free school meal vouchers until after Easter 2021 for those families in receipt of Universal Credit or an equivalent benefit." England football star Rashford, who was made an MBE this month, has vowed to continue his campaign for free school meals for country's 1.4 million eligible children.

48' Hirving Lozano (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. 45' Victor Osimhen (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens following a set piece situation. 46' Matteo Politano (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing. 38' Foul by Victor Osimhen (Napoli). Hirving Lozano (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 37' Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 36' Foul by Matteo Politano (Napoli). 36' Jesper Karlsson (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Yukinari Sugawara (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. 27' Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Victor Osimhen (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Matteo Politano (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Fredrik Midtsjø (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Hirving Lozano (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matteo Politano following a set piece situation. 15' Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Jesper Karlsson (AZ) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. 4' Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli). 4' Fredrik Midtsjø (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Dani de Wit (AZ) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 1' Foul by Hirving Lozano (Napoli). 1' Jonas Svensson (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.