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Rishi Sunak Barred From His Local Pub Over Vote Against Free School Meals

Rishi Sunak Barred From His Local Pub Over Vote Against Free School Meals

The Chancellor voted against extending the free school meal scheme

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Rishi Sunak has been barred for life from a pub and restaurant in his constituency after voting against the provision of free school meals over half term.

The owner of the Mill pub and Il Mulino restaurant in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, has told the Chancellor of the Exchequer and three other Conservative MPs - Jacob Young, Simon Clarke and Matt Vicker - to never step foot in either establishment again.

In an angry post to Facebook, a spokesperson for the restaurant said they were 'disgusted' with their actions.

The statement read: "The government voted against extending free school meals. This is disgusting! What's worse Matt Vickers MP, Simon Clarke MP, Jacob Young - MP for Redcar & Cleveland [and] Rishi Sunak all voted against the scheme. DISGUSTING!

"All four are now barred from The Mill & Il Mulino for life. I don't want their business."

Adding: "Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week I will deliver 100 freshly cooked healthy meals to three separate food banks in the Middlesbrough area."

The Chancellor has been barred from his local pub and restaurant after voting not to extend the free school meal scheme.

They then shared a screenshot of the dining menu from the Commons restaurant, which is subsidised by the tax payer.

They added: "Shame on our government, this is so wrong!"

It comes after the UK government voted overwhelmingly not to extend the free school meal scheme over the upcoming half-term break - by 322 votes to 261 - and onwards to Easter 2021.

The move has been heavily criticised, with one Conservative MP, Caroline Ansell, quitting her government job over it.

Fast food giants McDonald's has offered a whopping 1 million free meals to families this half-term - joining Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford's campaign for kids from struggling families to get fed over the half-term break.

McDonald's announced the partnership in a tweet, writing: "We are proud to announce a partnership with @FareShareUK to provide 1 million meals for families in need.

Marcus Rashford has led the efforts to make sure no child goes hungry.

"Our funding will enable the urgent redistribution of meals across the next couple of weeks to those in greatest need."

Meanwhile, CEO of McDonald's in the UK and Ireland, Paul Pomroy commented: "As a business we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate.

"In these challenging times, we know it's more important than ever to support those most in need."

The company's choice of FareShare as a partner is notable given Rashford and his mum Melanie visited the charity's new food bank at New Smithfield Market in Manchester yesterday.

The 22-year-old announced it would be called Melanie Maynard House. He has also been using Twitter in light of MPs' rejection of the bill to highlight to his 3.5 million followers those small businesses nationwide, who have since come forward offering help to vulnerable children and families.

FareShare, thanks in part to Rashford's endorsement, has already raised £20 million, but the addition of McDonald's as partners is a huge benefit to them.

Speaking of their intervention in the campaign, Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO said: "McDonald's is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time.

"The funding will enable the equivalent of 1 million meals to be redistributed to our charity network very swiftly, and we are very grateful for their urgent support."

Marcus Rashford was instrumental in the campaign for children to receive free school meals over the summer holidays - a feat that he was awarded an MBE for - but has since been disappointed by the government's stance not to commit to continue the scheme while many continue to struggle during the current pandemic.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Food, schools, Coronavirus, Health