A Lancaster MP has been banned for life from a local shop after voting against extending free school meals for hungry kids.
David Morris is banned from entering the Runners Centre’s premises after he voted against extending free school meals over the school holidays.
Tory MPs this week fell into party line to reject the bid from Labour to extend free school meals over the school break until Easter 2021.
That included Morris, the MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, who joined fellow Tories in voting against the motion, reports Lancs Live.
He has found himself among dozens of MPs who voted against helping hungry kids now being shunned by businesses.
The Runners Centre said in a sign posted on its shopfront: “Thatcher starved the miners. Morris starving the minors.”
Morris has become the latest in a run of Tory MPs to be told they are no longer welcome in their constituencies’ local shops, cafes and pubs after the vote.
It comes as hundreds of generous businesses around the UK step up to the plate to feed hungry kids, in answer to footballer Marcus Rashford’s rallying campaign.
The scheme was defeated by 261 votes to 22 – a majority of 61 – and the result has sparked outrage across the country.
The sign placed in the window of the Running Centre also state that the other 322 Conservative MPs who voted against it are banned.
The sign read: “David Morris MP is barred from entering this store for voting to starve children…
“Along with 322 other Conservative MP’s he voted against extending free meals for kids.
“He has been listed as one of the top ten MP’s 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.”
Owner of the Runner’s Centre, Ian Bailey, told Lancs Live: “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 ban is in place for life, Ian clarified.
He added: “I’m desperate for him to come in just so I can ask him to leave.”
The reaction for customers has been ‘very positive’ said Ian.
“Most people have been coming in today and been saying how much they appreciate it.”
Since the vote, England football star Marcus Rashford has vowed to keep campaigning, and told politicians to “stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers”.
He warned a ‘significant number’ of children will go to bed hungry and ‘feeling like they do not matter’ because of comments on Wednesday.
The footballer, who forced a u-turn on the same issue over the six week summer holidays, appealed to MPs to put aside their differences, saying: “This is not politics, this is humanity.”
He added: “We talk about the devastating impact of Covid-19 but, if projections are anything to go by, child food poverty has the potential to become the greatest pandemic the country has ever faced.
“We must start working together and unite to protect our most vulnerable children.”