'Hang your heads in shame' - Three Leeds MPs voted against extending free school meals over the holidays - the YEP says

Time and time again, the Yorkshire Evening Post has called for the gap between the haves and the have nots to be narrowed.
35,000 of our city’s children are living life on the breadline. Picture: Shutterstock35,000 of our city’s children are living life on the breadline. Picture: Shutterstock
35,000 of our city’s children are living life on the breadline. Picture: Shutterstock

The stark picture of social inequality in Leeds has been laid bare - 35,000 of our city’s children are living life on the breadline.

For their families, many of whom are hardworking but on low wages, putting food on their tables and in their tummies is a challenge at the best of times.

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And during this crisis, the pandemic has further amplified this as many face losing their jobs.

For those families that support of free meals during the school holidays has been a lifeline.

Three of our city’s MPs have shamelessly voted to starve our city’s poorest children: Andrea Jenkyns, Alec Shelbrooke and Stuart Andrew.

This isn’t about political point scoring, this is about having a conscience and doing the right thing for our youngest, most vulnerable residents.

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Every child deserves the best start to life - but that lifeline has been ripped away from those who need it most.

Hang your heads in shame.

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