Herts Lib Dems are appealing to the public to sign a petition calling for the county council to support footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to ensure no child goes hungry during school holidays.
Conservatives on Herts County Council recently voted down a Liberal Democrat-led move to ensure that all 19,000 eligible children in Hertfordshire remain fed throughout.
“Frankly it’s a disgrace that in this day and age children from the least well off in our society, through no fault of their own – and many with unemployed parents due to the pandemic – could go hungry during school holidays,” said Stephen Giles-Medhurst, opposition leader on Herts County Council.
Now – to keep up the pressure – Herts Lib Dem councillors have written to the county’s chief legal officer calling for an extraordinary meeting of the council – the first in more than 10 years – to step up to the mark and adopt their proposal.
Daisy Cooper, the Lib Dem MP for St Albans, who is supporting the campaign, commented:
“No one is denying there are big financial demands on the Government, but the public simply cannot understand why the Conservative Government is drawing the red line at hungry children.
“I’m dismayed not one Tory MP in Hertfordshire voted to feed hungry children at half-term and that the Conservative-run county council has refused as well.
“I’m 100 per cent in support of calls by Herts Lib Dems for the county council to set up an emergency package of free school meals support in school holidays until Easter 2021 so that no child in Hertfordshire goes hungry.”
Sign the petition