NICK Clegg, former Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister and architect of the free school meals programme, has reacted angrily to a report showing that 900,000 poor children will by hit Conservative plans on free school meals. Theresa May was dubbed the “lunch snatcher” by South Basildon and East Thurrock Liberal Democrat Candidate R N Banerji in the wake of the Conservative manifesto launch.
Reetendra Nath Banerji said: “This just confirms the sleight of hand from the Conservatives: scrapping universal infant school lunches hits some of the most hard-pressed Essex families the hardest.
“The offer of free breakfasts won’t reach the children who don’t come to breakfast clubs. All Theresa May’s talk of helping the Just About Managing will ring hollow as long as this regressive decision remains in place.”