Rishi Sunak has been “barred for life” from a pub in his own constituency after ministers refused to back free school meals for poor children over Christmas.
The Mill pub and its restaurant Il Mulino in North Yorkshire’s Stokesley will refuse entry to the chancellor and three northern Tory MPs – Jacob Young, Simon Clarke and Matt Vickers – after they voted down a motion to end holiday hunger amid the pandemic this winter.
It follows a high-profile campaign by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to extend the free school meals voucher scheme, which Boris Johnson rejected this week.
A statement on the Facebook page for The Mill, which is in Sunak’s Richmond (Yorks) constituency, called the vote “disgusting”, and included an image of the House of Commons canteen menu, where prices are subsidised by the taxpayer.
It reads: “Don’t usually do politics but here goes. I have never known a government which is consistently the wrong end of every argument.
“Forget the poor handling of Covid for a minute and concentrate on what happened yesterday.
“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, & Rishi Sunak all voted against the scheme. DISGUSTING!
“All 4 are now barred from The Mil l & Il Mulino for life. I don’t want their business.
“Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday next week I will deliver 100 freshly cooked healthy meals to three separate food banks in the Middlesbrough area.
“If you have any contacts at any food banks in the Middlesbrough & Stockton area please tag them in the comments below.
“Below is a copy of the Subsidised menu from the House of Commons. You know who is subsiding it? YOU!
“Shame on our government, this is so wrong.”
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