A running shop and pub have banned Tory MPs for life while others have been sent angry teddy bear messages and empty plates for voting against the free school meal extension.
Ian Bailey, owner of The Runners Centre in Lancaster, Lancashire, has barred local MP David Morris after he voted not to extend free school meals over half term.
The Globe in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, has also said Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart left them with ‘no option’ after they failed to back the Marcus Rashford scheme.
Pictures further show Darlington MP Peter Gibson’s office in County Durham flooded with soft toys following his vote against the measure on 21 October.
Meanwhile, around 20 paper plates were stuck to the office window of Tory MP Stuart Anderson in Wolverhampton.
Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale David Morris (left) has been barred from entering The Runners Centre in Lancaster (right: a notice placed at the front of the store)
Ian Bailey, owner of The Runners Centre (above) said he does not think Mr Morris has visited his shop before, adding: ‘I know that he does run but he’s never patronised his local business’
58-year-old Mr Bailey said: ‘I don’t want his business and I don’t want any other Tory MP’s business or any politician who voted against feeding the neediest.
‘Everybody’s suffering with this pandemic… for the Government to vote against a basic principle of feeding minors is just so far below the belt.’
The shop owner has placed a poster on the door to his shop window which reads: ‘David Morris MP is barred from entering this store for voting to starve children. Thatcher starved the miners… Morris starving the minors.’
Mr Bailey said he does not think Mr Morris has visited his shop before, adding: ‘I know that he does run but he’s never patronised his local business.’
The shop owner also plans to gift £500 of his own money to a local food bank and will be calling on Mr Morris to match the donation.
‘I can ill afford it. I run my own business and things are challenging but I’m putting my money where my mouth is,’ he added.
‘The money we would have spent on holiday but we’re going to give to the food bank and make sure those less fortunate are going to be looked after.’
Mr Bailey said the issue is important to him as he often works at a local homeless shelter, regularly seeing people with ‘a genuine need to be taken care of by society’.
The store owner said he would encourage others who felt passionate to use the same form of protest against their local MPs. ‘We’re all in this together,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Jean Morris, the landlady of a seaside pub which has banned two MPs, said: ‘Mr Crabb likes to remind voters at every election of his childhood spent living in social housing, in a single parent family in receipt of benefits.
MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire Stephen Crabb (left) and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart (right), who have been banned from the pub in Wales after voting against the measure on October 21
The Globe, pictured above, in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, say Mr Crabb and Mr Hart left them with ‘no option’ after they failed to back the Marcus Rashford scheme
‘So one might imagine he would emphasise and have bothered to ensure children in the same situation as he found himself do not go hungry.
‘We feel we have no option but to impose a lifetime ban.’
She said Mr Hart – who represents neighbouring ward of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was also banned for voting against the motion despite it not affecting his constituency.
Jean added: ‘Luckily for Mr Crabb and Mr Hart’s constituents the Welsh Government will ensure that any children in need in Pembrokeshire and South Carmarthenshire will have food over the holidays.
‘So Mr Hart’s voting against extending the free school meal in holidays scheme, and Mr Crabb’s abstention from voting, will not affect Pembrokeshire families.’
The two MPs are the latest to be banned from a pub, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and three other Tory politicians, Matt Vickers, Simon Clarke and Jacob Young, being barred from The Mill in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, last week.
Cornish MP Steve Double has also been told by three venues, two in Newquay and one in Grampound, that he is no longer welcome, reports CornwallLive.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured above, was barred from The Mill pub in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, last week, amid the free school meals row
Simon Clarke (left) and Matt Vickers (right) were also banned from The Mill pub in North Yorkshire after they voted against the measure on October 21
Tory MP for St Austell and Newquay Steve Double (left) has been told by three venues in Cornwall that he is no longer welcome, while Jacob Young (right) was also barred from The Mill
It follows images of the outside of Mr Gibson’s office being uploaded to social media yesterday, capturing teddy bears holding various signs of outrage.
The pictures show one teddy holding a sign that says: ‘Save a quid, starve a kid!’
Another toy holds a sign which says: ‘You had a chance to do something to help poor children and you chose not to!’
Mr Gibson told MailOnline that he would be donating the toys left outside his office to a local charity.
He said: ‘I was pleased to see our community come together over the weekend and pack the food supplied by The Bread and Butter Thing, which I understand has been paid for through the £135,000 that Darlington Borough Council received as apart of the Government’s £63million supplied to local authorities.
‘Just as I have welcomed all manner of donations for charities at my office, the soft toys left at my office will be donated to a local charity.’
The teddy bears pictured outside Darlington MP Peter Gibson’s office in County Durham, with one bearing a message that ‘no child should go hungry in the world’s biggest economy’
Mr Gibson, pictured above, said: ‘Just as I have welcomed all manner of donations for charities at my office, the soft toys left at my office will be donated to a local charity’
A fake menu posted to the MP’s window was also pictured, reading: ‘Conservative Party HQ lunchtime menu, deprived shrimps, money smirked ham, scorn fritters.’
Other items on the menu include: ‘Battered electorate with a basked of crushed hopes and slow cooked fatigue.
‘Kids in blankets deep famished with a deprivation of vegetables and a relish reduction.’
It comes as empty plates were seen attached to Mr Anderson’s office, along with a poster which said: ‘Your MP voted no to feeding poor kids’.
The plates were removed within hours of being put up but the word ‘scum’ was then sprayed onto the office window.
The Wolverhampton South West MP was also one of 322 MPs who voted against the Labour motion calling for the extension of free meals during the school holidays in England until Easter 2021.
More photos taken outside Mr Gibson’s office show toys sat under a small tree, with one attached to the top believed to be in reference to the lack of meals over Christmas.
Pictures of soft toys outside Mr Gibson’s office, with one asking: ‘How can you morally vote against this?’, and another bearing the message: ‘No child should go hungry’
More photos taken outside Mr Gibson’s office show toys sat under a small tree, with one attached to the top believed to be in reference to the lack of meals over Christmas
The images were shared by a constituent who posted them saying: ‘Thank you to everyone who came down today to Peter Gibson MP office please keep them coming to get the message across. We feel so strongly about this and I’m glad others do too.
‘No child should go hungry. No parents should be judged either in validating this terrible decision.
‘All the money that’s been wasted lately on dodgy PPE and the Track and Trace system the FSM extension in the holiday in this pandemic is not much to ask.’
The post prompted a reaction from social media users, with one writing: ‘Oh fantastic, does anyone smell another u-turn?’
Another wrote ‘get rid of him’, while a third added: ‘Brilliant, you should be proud of yourselves.’
Wolverhampton Council, Birmingham City Council and Staffordshire County Council have all announced plans to fund free school meals this half term after MPs voted against the money coming from central government.
Conservative MP Marco Longhi, who represents Dudley North, has defended voting against the motion and accused Labour of ‘playing politics with Covid and vulnerable children’.
The images were shared by a constituent in a social media post, above, saying: ‘Thank you to everyone who came down today to Peter Gibson MP office’
The images outside Mr Gibson’s office, uploaded to social media yesterday, show teddy bears holding various signs of outrage and empty paper plates
Businesses and community groups across the Black Country and Staffordshire have also stepped in to provide meals, with the Government faces a damaging revolt on the issue.
Dozens of people from a range of organisations have stepped in to help, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailing them as ‘absolutely wonderful’ while insisting that millions has already been provided to councils to help their communities.
Among the organisations helping in the region is The Dave Bakehouse Cafe in Darlaston, which was praised by Rashford for supplying 100 packed lunches a day, and the Elias Mattu Foundation in Wolverhampton.
Meanwhile a petition from Rashford, who has been spearheading the demands for free meals to be extended in England over the school holidays, has passed 800,000 signatures, piling further pressure on the Government to act.
Mr Hancock said he agrees ‘very strongly’ with ‘the purpose’ of Rashford’s campaign, telling Sky News: ‘I think we’re all inspired by the way that he’s led that campaign.
‘And the purpose is that no child should go hungry, and that’s right.’
A petition from Marcus Rashford, pictured above, who has been spearheading the demands for free meals to be extended in England over the school holidays, has passed 800k signatures
Leigh Ellwood, owner of ‘Planet Youth’ holiday and after-school camps, pictured preparing food lunch packs for those who are in need of free school meals over the half term holiday
He said that Universal Credit had been increased by £20 a week while £63 million has already been provided by central Government to local authorities so that they can support people.
It was put to Mr Hancock that councils, including Tory-run councils, businesses and charities stepping in to say they will help with free meals for pupils shows that more direct action is needed.
‘I think that’s absolutely wonderful that companies have come forward and are playing their part and supporting people in these very difficult times.
‘I also think that it’s brilliant that the councils are coming forward, having been funded by central government, £63 million has gone to councils so that they can do exactly what you say, so that they can support people and make sure that everybody and every child gets the support that they need,’ he said..
Mr Hancock said ‘of course’ he welcomes the support from councils ‘because that is the councils delivering with the funding that has been provided by central government’.