Following the vote in the House of Commons to deny free school meals to underprivileged children, I wrote to Amanda Solloway, my Conservative MP who voted with the majority:
Dear Amanda Solloway,
As my MP (I didn’t vote for you but, please, keep reading), I thought I would write to you to congratulate you on your ‘No’ vote on Free School Meals yesterday. Much is made these days about children being the future of the country, but how are they supposed to understand the realities of modern life if we just feed them whenever they’re hungry?
Twitter is currently full of angry people thoughtlessly using the #ToryScum and #ToryScumOut hashtags, unable to comprehend how a person such as you could vote to deny food to underprivileged children. The truth is it takes people like you and your fellow Conservative MPs, who are in a position to help, to make the hard decisions.
We both understand that, ultimately, the hundreds of millions of pounds spent on perfecting the COVID-19 test and trace system will save approximately as many lives as feeding hungry British children, and those who can’t see the bigger picture should stay in their lane.
Please rest assured that, at the next election, your actions yesterday in allowing children to suffer for the greater good ensure that you will have my vote.
If I receive a reply, I’ll update this post.