World News – GB – Ben Bradley urged to apologize for tweets about free school meals


Pressure is mounting on Ben Bradley to apologize for a Twitter tirade in which the Tory MP was accused of linking free school meals to’ crack dens’ and ‘brothels’

Bradley, who this week voted against extending free school meals for underprivileged children during the holidays until Easter 2021, said the post deleted since was taken out of context

He wrote: « In a school in Mansfield, 75% of the children have a social worker, 25% of the parents are illiterate Their field is the center of crime in the region

« One child lives in a crack den, another in a brothel These are the children who need our help the most, extending FSM does not reach them »

Bradley then responded to a tweet in which another user said that ‘£ 20 cash straight to a crack burrow and brothel really looks like a way forward with this one,’ writing: ‘It’ did the good summer WSFs actually do… ”

It comes as Tory Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood appeared to speak out in favor of providing free school meals during school holidays on Saturday

“The WSF vacation benefit is clearly welcomed – a simple and convenient way to [support] families,” he said “Let’s look back at how extra welfare funds are spent & supports FSM « 

Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner said: ‘Despite the fact that vouchers in summer could only be used to buy food, this stigma against working-class families is shameful and disgusting »

Shadow Children Minister Tulip Siddiq wrote to Conservative Party Co-Chair Amanda Milling to say, “I’m sure you’ll want to make it clear that this kind of crass stigma against children from families poorer is deeply damaging and stay away from M’s misleading and disturbing comments Bradley

« In the meantime, I respectfully request that you request an apology from Mr. Bradley to the millions of children in low-income households who receive free support for school meals »

Bradley said his controversial tweet had been “totally taken out of context.” He told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: “I was just making the point that there are children who live in really chaotic situations, lives really difficult, where in fact give them an unrestricted voucher to spend on anything not useful

« What I mean is we have to wrap our arms as a society around these families This is the reason why the government gave this money to the local authorities because they are the best placed to work with social services, to work with schools to be able to find these families, target them, help them in a more holistic way than meal vouchers »

A vote, backed by the Labor Party, to offer free school meals to children during midterm was rejected by 322 votes to 261 on Wednesday

Bradley, who became an MP for the former Labor Center for Mansfield in 2017, posted back-to-back tweets on Friday defending his position on the motion

The MP, who drew criticism in 2018 over a blog post unearthed in 2012 in which he suggested unemployed ‘waster’ should have vasectomy to prevent them from having multiple children, also locked Marcus Rashford , the England and Manchester striker who launched the FSM Campaign

Bradley, who said he voted « to target funding more narrowly on those who need it most », invited Rashford to visit « one of the poorest schools in the country » in his constituency to discuss the idea with its director

Schools in the area have since dismissed his comments St Edmund’s C of E Elementary School in Mansfield Woodhouse wrote a passionate message to parents on Facebook

The message read: « We know the truth about families who are entitled to free school meals and this has nothing to do with what he suggests I strongly suggest you let him know the truth too He is your representative in our country’s parliament after all « 

In turn, Bradley asked the school to remove « this partisan nonsense », insisting that an attached screenshot of his tweets « completely misses and distorts the context of the conversation »

Selaine Saxby, the Conservative MP for North Devon, also sparked anger over comments she made about local businesses offering free food

A screenshot of a Facebook post in his name, since deleted, read: « I’m delighted that our local businesses have bounced back so much from the lockdown that they are able to give away food for free, and i really hope they won’t seeking any other government support « 

She later said her comments were taken out of context « I of course deeply regret any breach that may have been caused, » she said

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World News – UK – Ben Bradley urged apologies for tweets about free school meals



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