Free school meals vote: How did my MP vote? Who voted against free school meals?

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Tory MP’s have voted to deprive the most vulnerable children in society from free meals throughout the school break during a vote in the Commons. The Labour motion was defeated by a majority of 61 with 322 votes to 261.

Footballer Marcus Rashford, who has been putting pressure on the Government to support vulnerable children, has mobilised thousands across the country in support of the UK’s most vulnerable children following his own experience as a child.

He said: “A significant number of children are going to be tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today,” adding that the issue was not a question of politics but of “humanity”.

More than 1.4 million children experience food insecurity during the holidays, according to the Food Foundation, while 6.3 percent of children are worried about going hungry during the upcoming October half-term.

During the summer the Government was forced to U-turn on the policy of not providing food to children during the summer holidays after a raft of public pressure.

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