These are all the MPs who voted for a cruel cap on free school meals from low income families – unless it’s Northern Ireland

This is a full list of MPs who voted to remove the guarantee of a hot meal from the bellies of a million children from lower income families in England.

Theresa May is ploughing ahead with changes to free school meals, childcare vouchers and free childcare as part of the flagship Conservative Universal Credit welfare policy.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner had to fight to be granted a vote on the changes after chancellor Philip Hammond’s spring statement last night.

Sadly every single Conservative MP and all nine DUP MPs – see full list below voted against her amendment that Labour said would protect one million children from working poor families lose their free school meals.

The new household earnings threshold for free school meals for children – apart from reception, Years 1 and 2, will be £7,400 (£18,000 to £24,000 a year including benefits). Any families earning above that will no longer qualify.

The number of children living in poverty in Britain is set to soar to 5.2 million in the next five years.

By 2021-22, the Institute for Fiscal Studies expects 37 per cent of British children to be living in relative poverty – the highest percentage since modern records began in 1961.

The Labour Party was hoping for a few Tory or DUP rebels to help defeat the Government. But there were none.

In Northern Ireland, where the Government controls spending budgets, until the Stormont Government resumes the threshold for eligibility will be double the rate for families in England – at £14,000.

“The Tories and the DUP have just voted through cuts to free school meals in England,” tweeted Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. “The Tories bought the DUP’s support by excluding Northern Ireland from these cuts. A disgraceful tactic which is playing politics with the health of our children.”

Theresa May has in the past been accused of buying DUP support with £1Billion in extra spending since needing them for a majority after the election she called.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has just approved £410 million in new funding for Northern Ireland, including £80m for “immediate health and education pressures”.

– Stark contrast to austerity suffered in the rest of the UK, which was not alleviated in the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement.

And it recently emerged that Michael Gove and ex-minister Priti Patel have recently been present at £1,500-a-table fundraisers for the DUP.

This is the full list of MP’s who voted against Angela Rayner’s amendment to protect an estimated one million children who face losing their entitlement to a hot meal at school:

Conservative (302)

Adams, Nigel
Afolami, Bim
Afriyie, Adam
Aldous, Peter
Allan, Lucy
Allen, Heidi
Amess, Sir David
Andrew, Stuart
Argar, Edward
Atkins, Victoria
Bacon, Mr Richard
Badenoch, Mrs Kemi
Baker, Mr Steve
Baldwin, Harriett
Barclay, Stephen
Baron, Mr John
Bebb, Guto
Bellingham, Sir Henry
Benyon, rh Richard
Beresford, Sir Paul
Berry, Jake
Blackman, Bob
Blunt, Crispin
Boles, Nick
Bone, Mr Peter
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Bowie, Andrew
Bradley, Ben
Bradley, rh Karen
Brady, Sir Graham
Brereton, Jack
Bridgen, Andrew
Brine, Steve
Brokenshire, rh James
Bruce, Fiona
Buckland, Robert
Burghart, Alex
Burns, Conor
Burt, rh Alistair
Cairns, rh Alun
Cartlidge, James
Cash, Sir William
Caulfield, Maria
Chalk, Alex
Chishti, Rehman
Chope, Sir Christopher
Clark, Colin
Clark, rh Greg
Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth
Clarke, Mr Simon
Cleverly, James
Clifton-Brown, Sir Geoffrey
Coffey, Dr Thérèse
Collins, Damian
Costa, Alberto
Courts, Robert
Cox, Mr Geoffrey
Crabb, rh Stephen
Crouch, Tracey
Davies, Chris
Davies, David T. C.
Davies, Glyn
Davies, Mims
Davis, rh Mr David
Dinenage, Caroline
Djanogly, Mr Jonathan
Docherty, Leo
Donelan, Michelle
Double, Steve
Dowden, Oliver
Doyle-Price, Jackie
Drax, Richard
Duddridge, James
Duguid, David
Duncan, rh Sir Alan
Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain
Dunne, Mr Philip
Ellis, Michael
Ellwood, rh Mr Tobias
Eustice, George
Evans, Mr Nigel
Evennett, rh David
Fabricant, Michael
Fallon, rh Sir Michael
Fernandes, Suella
Field, rh Mark
Ford, Vicky
Foster, Kevin
Fox, rh Dr Liam
Francois, rh Mr Mark
Frazer, Lucy
Freeman, George
Fysh, Mr Marcus
Garnier, Mark
Gauke, rh Mr David
Ghani, Ms Nusrat
Gibb, rh Nick
Gillan, rh Dame Cheryl
Glen, John
Goldsmith, Zac
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Gove, rh Michael
Graham, Luke
Graham, Richard
Grant, Bill
Grant, Mrs Helen
Grayling, rh Chris
Green, Chris
Green, rh Damian
Greening, rh Justine
Grieve, rh Mr Dominic
Griffiths, Andrew
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Hair, Kirstene
Halfon, rh Robert
Hall, Luke
Hammond, rh Mr Philip
Hammond, Stephen
Hancock, rh Matt
Hands, rh Greg
Harper, rh Mr Mark
Harrington, Richard
Harris, Rebecca
Harrison, Trudy
Hart, Simon
Hayes, rh Mr John
Heald, rh Sir Oliver
Heappey, James
Heaton-Harris, Chris
Heaton-Jones, Peter
Henderson, Gordon
Herbert, rh Nick
Hinds, rh Damian
Hoare, Simon
Hollingbery, George
Hollinrake, Kevin
Hollobone, Mr Philip
Holloway, Adam
Howell, John
Huddleston, Nigel
Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy
Hurd, rh Mr Nick
Jack, Mr Alister
James, Margot
Javid, rh Sajid
Jayawardena, Mr Ranil
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Jenkyns, Andrea
Jenrick, Robert
Johnson, rh Boris
Johnson, Dr Caroline
Johnson, Gareth
Johnson, Joseph
Jones, Andrew
Jones, rh Mr David
Jones, Mr Marcus
Kawczynski, Daniel
Keegan, Gillian
Kennedy, Seema
Kerr, Stephen
Knight, rh Sir Greg
Knight, Julian
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Lamont, John
Lancaster, rh Mark
Leadsom, rh Andrea
Lee, Dr Phillip
Lefroy, Jeremy
Leigh, Sir Edward
Letwin, rh Sir Oliver
Lewer, Andrew
Lewis, rh Brandon
Lewis, rh Dr Julian
Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
Lidington, rh Mr David
Lopez, Julia
Lopresti, Jack
Lord, Mr Jonathan
Loughton, Tim
Mackinlay, Craig
Maclean, Rachel
Main, Mrs Anne
Mak, Alan
Malthouse, Kit
Mann, Scott
Masterton, Paul
May, rh Mrs Theresa
Maynard, Paul
McLoughlin, rh Sir Patrick
McVey, rh Ms Esther
Menzies, Mark
Mercer, Johnny
Merriman, Huw
Metcalfe, Stephen
Milling, Amanda
Mills, Nigel
Milton, rh Anne
Mitchell, rh Mr Andrew
Moore, Damien
Mordaunt, rh Penny
Morgan, rh Nicky
Morris, Anne Marie
Morris, David
Morris, James
Morton, Wendy
Murray, Mrs Sheryll
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Neill, Robert
Newton, Sarah
Nokes, rh Caroline
Norman, Jesse
O’Brien, Neil
Offord, Dr Matthew
Opperman, Guy
Parish, Neil
Patel, rh Priti
Pawsey, Mark
Penning, rh Sir Mike
Penrose, John
Percy, Andrew
Philp, Chris
Pincher, Christopher
Poulter, Dr Dan
Pow, Rebecca
Prentis, Victoria
Prisk, Mr Mark
Pritchard, Mark
Pursglove, Tom
Quin, Jeremy
Quince, Will
Raab, Dominic
Redwood, rh John
Rees-Mogg, Mr Jacob
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Robinson, Mary
Rosindell, Andrew
Ross, Douglas
Rowley, Lee
Rudd, rh Amber
Rutley, David
Sandbach, Antoinette
Scully, Paul
Seely, Mr Bob
Selous, Andrew
Shapps, rh Grant
Sharma, Alok
Shelbrooke, Alec
Simpson, rh Mr Keith
Skidmore, Chris
Smith, Chloe
Smith, Henry
Smith, rh Julian
Smith, Royston
Soames, rh Sir Nicholas
Soubry, rh Anna
Spelman, rh Dame Caroline
Spencer, Mark
Stephenson, Andrew
Stevenson, John
Stewart, Bob
Stewart, Iain
Stewart, Rory
Streeter, Mr Gary
Stride, rh Mel
Stuart, Graham
Sturdy, Julian
Sunak, Rishi
Swayne, rh Sir Desmond
Swire, rh Sir Hugo
Syms, Sir Robert
Thomas, Derek
Thomson, Ross
Throup, Maggie
Tolhurst, Kelly
Tomlinson, Justin
Tomlinson, Michael
Tracey, Craig
Tredinnick, David
Trevelyan, Mrs Anne-Marie
Truss, rh Elizabeth
Tugendhat, Tom
Vaizey, rh Mr Edward
Vara, Mr Shailesh
Vickers, Martin
Villiers, rh Theresa
Walker, Mr Charles
Walker, Mr Robin
Wallace, rh Mr Ben
Warburton, David
Warman, Matt
Watling, Giles
Whately, Helen
Wheeler, Mrs Heather
Whittaker, Craig
Whittingdale, rh Mr John
Wiggin, Bill
Williamson, rh Gavin
Wollaston, Dr Sarah
Wood, Mike
Wragg, Mr William
Wright, rh Jeremy
Zahawi, Nadhim

Democratic Unionist Party (9)

Campbell, Mr Gregory
Dodds, rh Nigel
Donaldson, rh Sir Jeffrey M.
Girvan, Paul
Paisley, Ian
Robinson, Gavin
Shannon, Jim
Simpson, David
Wilson, rh Sammy

Independent (1)

Elphicke, Charlie


Number of children in poverty set to soar to record 5.2 million

“Cruel school dinner cap forces hard up families off financial cliff edge”


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15 Responses

  1. Peter Martin

    Amazing how DUP supporters consider themselves ‘British’ but not when it comes to their children’s free school meals…

  2. E Davison

    Shame on each and every 1 of you..especially the DUP..Theresa Mays big hand out to you is depriving a lot of children of a meal ..Nigel Dodds ,I am disappointed in you ..and Ian Paisley? Your daddy would be appalled ! Arlene Foster hang your head in shame…This is not right and you all know it..

  3. Jess

    Why can’t families feed their own children – they need lessons in home management and learn how to shop wisely. I never took up free school dinners even on full benefit income, mostly because food offered was awful. I worked for a short time in a school kitchen and was shocked how much food was thrown away as disliked by children so much they would remain hungry and fill up on just bread or pudding! School meals are a con. I provided home packed lunches which my children prefered.

    1. Non

      Well, your children are lucky that they have a parent who has the ability and interest to feed them. I too worked in schools for many years and saw so many children who’s only hot meal of the day was the one they had at school, children who were one step away from being homeless, living in b&bs with their parent who then had no facility to cook and surviving on cereal for breakfast from said b&b and then sandwiches or, if they were lucky, Mcdonalds for tea.

    2. Olivia

      There’s been a freeze on benefits and a massive increase in food inflation since then. There’s also been a significant cut to housing benefit alongside a huge rise in rental costs – Local Housing Allowance no longer covers rents. Those on benefits are considerably poorer now in real terms than they were a decade ago – and it was hardly easy, even then, as you know.

      You also, as the previous poster commented, assume that others have access to good kitchen facilities, and know how to cook. Why should children whose parents can’t cook lose out?

  4. Ann

    Again the morons rob the poor to feed the rich – shame on all of them, hope they all choke on their next subsidised meal

  5. Gerry

    The DUP actually has 10 Westminster MPs; the one name missing from their roll of dishonour is Emma Little-Pengelly, the MP for Belfast South, who apparently abstained.

  6. j gardner

    The DUP should hang their heads in SHAME. don’t ALL children count not just yours. You are in league with the devil one day he will come to collect. I hope your side by side for eternity.

  7. D.T.

    Read all the facts before you comment. This article is totally misleading in the overall scheme of things. Yet again Labour grasp at any headline they can that makes them look great! More children will receive free meals under the revised Universal Credit scheme. When will people realise that when labour get into power they spend, spend, spend & borrow, borrow, borrow to make them look like saviours. The country then gets into huge debt and we end up having to pay huge amounts back when another party gets into power. Labour have done this my entire life. All major parties should be closed down and the country should start again with politicians that work for the COUNTRY not themselves.

  8. British people should tell these so called MPs were to go , how dare they stop free school meals for kids , then spend tax payers money on there own food ,drinks , when they go to the pubs for a meal , there transport to the fucking pub , bunch off wankers , IF YOU SEE YOUR MP HERE , GO TO THERE OFFICES AND TELL EVERYONE OFF THEY , WHAT YOU THINK OFF THEM , THEN SACK AND DEPORT THE TRADERS WHO HAVE DONE THIS , low life’s the lot off them

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