A LANCASTER shop owner has banned his local MP ‘for life’ after the politician voted against extending free school meals for children over the holidays. As anger continues to mount over the parliamentary vote, Morecombe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has become the latest to face a local backlash.
He and 321 others rejected a plan that would have seen families given vouchers for food over the school holidays until next Easter. Now he won’t be able to buy his running gear at the Runners Centre in Kings Arcade, Lancaster.
A sign has been put up in the window reading, ‘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.’
Several other Conservative politicians have faced criticism in their local constituencies because of the way they voted. Chancellor Rishi Sunak was barred from his local pub because he didn’t back the plan.
The owner of the Runners Centre, Ian Bailey, told LancsLive: ‘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.’