Protesters are marching in Market Harborough tomorrow (Saturday) to demand that schoolchildren are given free meals when they’re off on vacation.
Emotions are operating excessive because the demonstration gears as much as kick off on the Outdated Grammar College in town’s Excessive Road at 10.30am.
Steve Maggs, chair of Harborough Constituency Labour Social gathering, stated they may keep there for about half-hour speaking to customers and passers-by.
“We’ll be making it clear why we’re there as we hand out leaflets and discuss to native individuals right here,” he stated.
Steve stated they might then march to the Nelson Road headquarters of Harborough MP Neil O’Brien.
“We are going to stage a show to indicate our help for making certain that hungry youngsters all through Harborough and throughout the complete nation are fed.
“We’ll publish a letter via his door (assuming he isn’t there to obtain us),” he stated.
“It is seemingly the demo will consist primarily of Labour Social gathering members as we’re organising it.
“However I’ve invited the native Greens and Lib Dems and hope that different teams who really feel strongly about this can be part of us.
“It isn’t a Labour Social gathering occasion however an open demo for anybody appalled on the Authorities’s response to this subject.
“The intention is to drive our MP to alter his place and put stress on his get together to supply the required help.
“In the end we wish to know what Neil O’Brien will do to make sure that completely no youngsters in our constituency go with out meals throughout the faculty holidays ever.
“That is particularly vital with the Covid-19 pandemic making issues that rather more tough for thus many households in Harborough.
“Neil voted towards extending free faculty meals via faculty holidays till spring 2021.
“That’s simply not ok and it’s not acceptable.”
The demo goes forward after Liz Mills, the chair of Market Harborough’s Jubilee Foodbank, criticised Neil O’Brien for not voting to again free meals for hungry schoolkids.
“Neil O’Brien ought to have voted within the Home of Commons to provide kids free faculty meals.
“I’d inform Neil that you simply by no means know what it’s wish to go with out meals, to go hungry, until you may have walked in these individuals’s sneakers and lived their lives,” stated Liz.
“Giving kids free faculty meals is a short-term sticking plaster – however we’ve got to do it.
“Not having the cash to have the ability to put meals on the desk clearly highlights a a lot larger, deep-rooted drawback that we’ve got to deal with head on.”
Defending his actions, Conservative MP Neil insisted: “Everybody needs to assist poorer households with kids.
“Initially of the virus epidemic the Authorities elevated advantages by an additional £20 per week or £1,000 a yr throughout the board.
“That may go to all these households who’re eligible free of charge faculty meals each week, whether or not we’re in time period time or exterior it.
“The Authorities has additionally given further funding on high of that to native councils to help these households in essentially the most hardship.”
The dad-of-two added: “However I recognise that for some households much more is required and a extra everlasting answer for the households with deeper issues who battle exterior time period time.
“I am glad to see the Authorities are actually working that up in time for the Christmas holidays.
“There’s additionally a query about households who do not get free faculty meals however are struggling in the mean time and the way we will help them too.”