Manchester United football player, Marcus Rashford, has written an open letter to all MPs, urging the Government to extend its free school meal scheme into the summer holidays.
Responding to the letter, Callum Robertson, Liberal DeomocratParliamentary Spokesman for Clacton said:
Marcus is absolutely right in calling for the retention of free school meals. Far too many children go hungry during the summer holidays, even more in the circumstances we find ourselves in this year.
Many families will be struggling financially, will be in insecure work and will be worrying about losing their jobs. Already there are 1.3 million children eligible for food vouchers. This number is only likely to increase due to the pandemic.
I am joining Liberal Democrat MPs in strongly urging the Government to think again and reverse their decision to scrap free school meal vouchers over the summer.
HMPPS, the responsible body for public prisons in England and Wales responded today to a letter from the Howard League CEO Francis Crook detailing the contingency plans they have laid out in response to the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
As Chair of Liberal Democrats for Penal Reform, I am relieved that HMPPS are recognising the potential for Prisons to act as inadvertent breeding grounds for the virus to spread.
I am however, concerned about the lack of reference regarding protection of prisoners’ civil liberties and the knock on impact on the welfare of wider society.
The Liberal Democrats have a proud history of standing up for the rights of the LGBT+ community.
A timeline of events
In the 1970’s, we began to campaign for equal treatment
In 1991 we began to campaign for an equal age of consent
In 2003, Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey successfully repealed section 28
In 2010-15 coalition, the Liberal Democrats passed the Equal Marriage Act
With our fantastic record on LGBT+ rights in mind, it was therefore a pleasure to invite Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, an Adviser to the Liberal Democrats on equality issues, to Essex to hear him speak about Trans rights and mental health.
The callous plans by Conservative run Essex County Council to shut libraries, cutting nearly 1 million people off from a free educational resource, need to be stopped
That is why I have been active in the anti-library cut campaign, speaking at the Save Our Libraries Rally in Chelmsford, as well as delivering leaflets in Clacton to help raise awareness about the issue.
Please see this article about how I want to bridge the divide between leave voters and remain voters and help us fix the mess our politics is in, to allow us to focus on the problems like poverty, job insecurity and climate change that really matter.