Changes to Universal Credit mean nearly 1 million poorer children will lose out on a free nutritious meal at lunch – costing parents £400 a year.
Free school meals were brought in as one of a series of new investments in our schools by the Liberal Democrats in the coalition. Now they are being cut by the Conservatives.
The policy has been a huge success, improving school outcomes for local children. In fact the policy has not just improved outcomes for the families and children that receive free dinners, but all across school classes. The free nutritional lunches have been linked with better concentration as well as better health. The policy also saves some of Britain’s poorer families over £400 each year.
Commenting Liberal Democrat schools spokesperson Layla Moran MP said, “Ensuring every child has a nutritious meal during the school day is incredibly important, helping to ensure they thrive at school and get the most from their lessons.”
Ex-teacher, Barry Holliday (Prospective Candidate: Derby North) added, “I have seen first hand the positive impact that free school meals on a child’s attainment and success at school. Risking this is to risk a child’s future, something I believe is priceless! The Tory government is putting £’s above children.”
These changes come in the wake of broken promises on free school breakfasts for every child. A promise that was popular and central to the Conservatives failed General Election gamble.
The Liberal Democrats have declared victory in their bid to make ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence.
‘Upskirting’ must be made a criminal offence as girls as young as 10 are photographed – The Independent, 20th February 2018
Thanks to pressure from Wera Hobhouse MP (Lib Dem, Bath) the Government has invoked an rare process to see this bill progressed through the House of Commons.
Following Tory MP Christopher Chope’s shocking move to block Wera Hobhouse’s Private Members Bill; Derby North spokesperson Barry Holliday said:
“I am disgusted with the actions of Mr. Chope, he is a disgrace to parliament and his Conservative party. Simply put, stopping a bill that specifically bans taking vile illicit photographs of women is irresponsible and fundamentally wrong. He should resign!
“I am very happy however that the Justice Minister has met with Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse and seen sense to support the law being changed, this is a huge victory for women across the country.
“It seems unfair that just one person was able to block a Bill that Lib Dems had spent so long building cross party support for, but reform for Private Members’ Bills is for another day.”
Barry with Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable MP
The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extra £6 billion a year to protect the NHS, paid for by an extra penny on Income Tax.
The money raised will be guaranteed for the NHS and social care services. The party is also continuing its campaign for extra funding and genuine equality for those who suffer from mental health problems.
New Parliamentary Spokesperson for Derby North, Barry Holliday said:
“Our NHS is at breaking point and the Conservatives plan even more cuts. We need real investment to secure the long term future of the NHS. The Liberal Democrats are the only party being honest with people and saying we all need to contribute a little more, with the money going direct to the NHS.
“We all need the NHS at some point in our lives. The Lib Dems are the only party taking the tough decisions to give our doctors and nurses the funding they need to continue providing a world-class health service to be proud of.
“Let’s not forget that the NHS was established by Liberal party William Beveridge, building on the introduction of National Insurance by Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Social Security in Britain is a Liberal invention and I will fight to preserve it!”
Pictured: Barry at Royal Derby Hospital A&E Department
Liberal Democrats plan extra investment in education
“DESPITE ELECTION PROMISES CONSERVATIVES ARE CUTTING SCHOOL BUDGETS”
The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight against Conservative cuts that will force schools in Derby North to cut over over £1,000,000 from budgets. Local Lib Dem Barry Holliday said:
“Our schools are in desperate need of more investment. Children are being taught in run-down buildings by overworked teachers.
“The Lib Dems are calling for an extra £27.7 million for schools in Derby to ensure pupils get the good quality of education they deserve. That money would mean an additional 152 teachers here in Derby.
“It’s time to end the Conservative attack on our schools and make sure teachers have the resources to do their vital job properly.”
Vince Cable, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“Children only get one chance at their education. There is no greater investment than making sure every child gets the opportunity to fulfill their potential at school.
“That means more money for education, especially in those vital early years, so that no child is left behind.
“But the Conservatives are cutting school budgets despite promising more money during the General Election.
“The Liberal Democrats are the party of education and opportunity. We will fight to make sure no school and no pupil misses out.”
Liberal Democrat candidate for Derby North, Barry Holliday has slammed an ‘out of touch’ Tory for sabotaging Wera Hobhouse’s Bill to make upskirting a specific sexual offence today.
Having secured the Government’s support for her Bill to make upskirting a specific offence, Wera Hobhouse expected to pass through the House of Commons today. The Bill comes off the back of Gina Martin’s campaign, which she started after falling victim to the crime last summer.
However, in a shocking move Tory MP Christopher Chope, known for objecting to the second reading of the Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill, defied the Government and Number 10 by opposing the Bill, preventing it from proceeding to the next stage.
Barry Holliday said:
“It is outrageous that Christopher Chope has blocked this Bill to protect women and girls across England and Wales from this kind of depraved violation of privacy. This bill would have given police the tools they need to give the perpetrators of upskirting to justice.
“I am disgusted that Christopher Chope has seen fit to derail this universally supported Bill, which polling has shown to be supported by 96% of the public. He is a disgrace to the House of Commons and to his own party, who supported the Bill.
“I call on Christopher Chope to publicly apologise, especially to those who have been a victim of upskirting, and to offer his resignation after showing such a disregard for the dignity of women and girls.”