Free School Meals: Summer Holidays

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:03 pm on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Conservative, Arundel and South Downs 5:03 pm, 16th June 2020

It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend Laura Farris and to congratulate my hon. Friend Alexander Stafford on his virtuoso maiden speech, proving that his constituents made an extremely wise choice. I am pleased to be able to speak in today’s debate, and congratulate Rebecca Long Bailey on securing it. Our children have only one chance at childhood and one chance of getting the education they need. Education, as we Government Members know, is the best way out of poverty. It is the best way of levelling up and sometimes, sadly, it is the best escape from a home that lacks the love and support that we all want for our children but is not always available. That means that teaching is among the most important vocations in society. Teachers are the people we trust to bring up our children, to inspire them, to teach them our shared values of tolerance and respect, and for the environment—