World News – GB – Conservative MP steps down government role following defeat of free school lunch proposal


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Caroline Ansell, Tory MP for Eastbourne, quit her government post after a proposal to extend Marcus Rashford’s free school lunch program was rejected

A Tory SUSSEX MP stepped down from a government role after her colleagues rejected a proposal to extend a free school lunch program championed by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell was one of five Tory politicians to rebel against the party and support the motion, which was defeated by 261 votes to 322 yesterday

The program is said to have provided more than one million vulnerable children with free school meals during the holidays until Easter next year

Ms Ansell said she believed it ‘could be used to reach families in Eastbourne and across the country’ amid the coronavirus crisis

As a result, following heavy defeat proposals in the House of Commons, she announced her resignation from the post of Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In a statement released this morning, Ms Ansell wrote: « In these unprecedented times, I am very concerned to do whatever we can to help low-income families and their children who are really struggling due to the virus impact »

« That is why, last night, I voted for Labor’s motion to extend free meal vouchers until Easter 2021 for families benefiting from universal credit or an equivalent benefit »

« I do not consider this extension to be in any way a long-term solution to this need, which is complex.

« There are better ways to help children, including combining meals with activities so that they can also benefit from an after-school learning and experience.

« However, as we are still living a lot in the shadow of the pandemic, the vouchers are a lever – not perfect, not sustainable – but which I thought could be used to reach families in Eastbourne and across the country in the ‘immediate

« Due to my decision not to support the government in this debate, I resigned my post as private parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs »

The other four Tory MPs to back the proposal were Jason McCartney (Colne Valley), Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot) and Holly Mumby-Croft (Scunthorpe)

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World News – UK – Conservative MP steps down from government role after free school lunch proposal fails



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