Labour Party politicians have recently claimed that the government was looking to take away free school meals from school pupils. It was rapidly debunked in a Channel 4 Fact Check investigation which you can read here.
Despite this, Labour politicians continued to push this narrative leading into the vote earlier this week. Universal Credit is viewed by many Conservative politicians as key way to improving routes to work, a key measure in improving life chances and overall good health.
Speaking after the vote earlier this week, Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer had this to say:
“Yesterday, I voted to increase the number of school children eligible to free school meals by 50,000.
“In what should have been a fairly uncontroversial vote, the Labour Party chose to play party politics yet again and seek to mislead the wider public which thankfully seems to have failed.
“Universal Credit is designed to get people back into work. Having a job in itself is one of the biggest determinants of improving life chances and good health. All the Labour Party have to offer at the moment is spin, fear and visions of despair. It’s time they got on board with making a bright future for our country.”
Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, gave this barnstorming rebuff to Labour politicians in the House of Commons yesterday.