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744,119 sign petition to end subsidised meals for MPs for voting against extending free school meals


More than 740,000 people have already signed a petition to end subsidised meals for MPs after they voted against extending free school meals.  


Earlier this week, a motion to offer food aid to vulnerable families over school holidays until Easter 2021 was defeated in the House of Commons by 322 votes to 261.


But the defeat sparked fierce backlash with Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, 22, who championed the campaign, calling on people to 'unite' to protect the most vulnerable children.


The latest petition, which was launched on 38 Degrees, said: 'MPs have voted against extending free school meals into the holidays for the poorest children in the UK, in the middle of a pandemic. 


'They should under no circumstances benefit from free or subsidised meals out of public funds themselves.'

MPs are currently allowed to eat and drink alcohol in parliamentary restaurants and bars which, while not directly subsidised, run at a loss.


This means that public money is effectively spent subsidising the overall catering operation.

   

The petition has so far received more than 740,000 signatures out of its 800,000 target.


Portia Lawrie, who started the petition, said: 'I only started this petition because I was so angry that some MPs had rejected the chance in parliament, and Marcus Rashford's campaign, to extend free school meals into the school holiday. 


Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, 22, who championed the campaign, called on people to 'unite' to protect the most vulnerable children






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