Basildon Conservative MPs Stephen Metcalfe and Mark Francois voted against a motion to keep free school meals for deprived families and hungry children going throughout the school holidays until Easter 2021.
MP John Baron didn’t bother to turn up, which was wicked beyond belief and these three MPs let Basildon borough down every single day and they were speechless in Westminster.
Luckily for Basildon, the Labour and Independent Councillors who run Basildon Council, slashed salaries to pay for the School Holiday Programme which will provide meals for hungry children during the October half term, Christmas holidays, February half term 2021 and Easter holidays 2021.
But I can’t believe that in 2020 we even have children going hungry in a first world country, and what’s more alarming is we have politicians that condone it and this shouldn’t even be a policy that requires a vote.
It would be intriguing to see what their food and expenses are and where is their humanity? And back in January when Mark Francois wanted some bells ringing for Brexit, it was all hands to the pump, but I suppose feeding children isn’t high enough on his agenda.
And now we can see that it’s mainly the Tory’s that voted against these measures. It’s also the Tory’s who own, finance and influence the poverty porn people read in the right-wing red top papers, and now they should own their decision and acknowledge that there were willing to let children starve.
Yes, the ‘I’m alright Jack’ brigade were paying less tax and that’s all they care about, but those taxes go towards deserving causes like this, but now we have to depend on charity because of the negligence of our Government.
And I hope that locals think about this next time they get to vote for their local representatives and don’t get caught out with their lies and propaganda.
I didn’t expect MP John Baron to vote for it, but he might have at least had the decency to turn up and these Tory MPs for Basildon should hold their heads in shame because they should be fully aware of the deprivation experienced by some people in Basildon.
And I fail to comprehend why people keep voting for this embodiment of the Tory Party when all they’ve done is force the most impoverished constituents of society further and further down.
Labour MPs paid tribute to Marcus Rashford’s burgeoning crusade to end child food poverty, however, the Tory benches voted down Labour’s request for free school meals 1.4 million underprivileged children in England with a £15 a week food voucher during the holidays.
And it seems that Mark Francois didn’t turn up. He’s not been seen or heard from in months, and it appears he voted by proxy and John Baron didn’t register a vote at all.
However, Mark Francois doesn’t have to stress about going hungry – his net worth is estimated to be in the range of about £256,027.00 in 2020, according to the users of vipfaq – this estimated net worth includes stocks, properties and luxury goods such as yachts and private aeroplanes.
This is disgustingly despicable and there’s something quite wrong in society if we vote against a cause like this.
They’re just children and no child should go hungry in the 21st century and I hope they all sleep well with their conscience, but then it seems they simply don’t care, and this is just hypocrisy, given how their meals are expensed and how the taxpayer subsidises their meals and drinks at Westminster bars and restaurants into the millions every year.