Shop Bans Local MP For Voting Against Free Meals For Kids In School Holidays
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Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has sparked fury among his constituents after he was one of 322 MPs who rejected a plan that was proposed to given low income families vouchers for food over the holidays.
The Runners Centre in Kings Arcade, Lancaster has now said he's been banned for life, and they've placed a scathing sign in the window to explain why.
It reads: "David Morris MP is barred from entering this store for voting to starve children...
"Along with 322 other Conservative MPs he voted against extending free meals for kids.
"He has been listed as one of the top ten MPs claiming expenses with £77,676.00 spent so far.
"He has also voted to give himself a pay rise of nearly £3400.00. Thatcher starved the miners. Morris starving the minors."
Speaking to Lancashire Live, Ian Bailey, the owner of the shop, said: "I think it all stems from the Conservatives statement that we're all in this together and that can mean this pandemic or it could mean anything.
"But it's soon apparent that it's one rule for them and another rule for us and to force the North of the country into a lockdown so the south of England in particular can stay open is very unfair when it has massive economic repercussions on the poorest of society.
"For David Morris to vote against allowing the children meal credit to continue is just abhorrent when he himself will sit in Parliament and get subsidised meals within Westminster where he won't extend that privilege to anybody else. It's just completely wrong. So from that we banned him from this store."
The store has banned him from life, with Ian adding: "I'm desperate for him to come in just so I can ask him to leave."
Fury is mounting nationwide, with local, independent businesses - many from the already floundering hospitality sector - stepping in to help feed children whose families have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their kids, you can find the businesses, services and organisations offering free meals over the school holidays near you by entering your postcode into this school meal finder.
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