Conservative plans will take lunches away from 18376 children in Leicestershire
Over 18,000 schoolchildren in Leicestershire will lose out on free lunches, under plans announced in the Conservative manifesto.
Free school lunches for pupils from reception to Year 2 were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, but Theresa May now plans to scrap them. The changes would cost families an average extra £480 a year for every child.
The Liberal Democrats have called on Conservative candidate David Tredinnick to make it clear whether or not he/she would vote for the plans.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Hinckley and Bosworth Cllr Michael Mullaney commented:
"This Conservative manifesto shows the nasty party is back.
"Margaret Thatcher was known as the milk snatcher, it seems Theresa May will go down as the lunch snatcher.
"She is cynically snatching meals away from thousands of children in our area.
"Bosworth's Conservative MP David Tredinnick must now say whether he will vote to take away free lunches from the children of hard-pressed families.
"The Liberal Democrats will offer a brighter future by extending free school meals to all primary schools.
"We will stand up to Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain, protecting those that need the most help and fighting for more funding for our schools and hospitals."