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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 March 2018
Save free school meals!
Hands off free school meals! (Click to enlarge)
Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Party North West secretary
"Theresa May, strong and stable, stole the food from the children's table!" chanted 60 or so protesters at the first protest in Liverpool against free school meals being scrapped. Vicious Tory means-testing of universal credit claimants means that free school meals will be withdrawn from around a million school kids across the country, 24,000 on Merseyside alone.
This needless cruelty rankled deeply with many passers-by who expressed their support for the protest with some joining in. Several compared this to the bedroom tax, but aimed at children.
As a start, campaign organisers are looking to protest against local Tory MPs, get people to contact their Labour MP about the debate which Labour secured in parliament on the issue, and spread the word about what's happening. People brought donations to the protest of school uniforms and other things which the poorest parents will find useful.
Others provided free hot meals - what a contrast between working class people helping each other and snide Tory billionaires attacking our children. Socialist Party members gave out a leaflet which was well received by all, and will continue to support this really important campaign.
Labour councils should refuse to implement this cut and maintain free school meals in their schools.
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In The Socialist 28 March 2018:
What we think
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Socialist Party workplace news
NEU conference 2018: Strike to take on the Tories
UCU: Strike action forces bosses to retreat but keep the pressure on
NHS pay: Reject the Tories' divide and rule offer
British Museum: Carillion workers demand to be brought back in-house
Victimised recycling strikers uncowed as Hull strike wave builds
Liverpool Uni staff set to fight 220 job losses
Aberdeen bus drivers strike against pay cuts
Migrant cleaners win living wage at Mail
Local elections 2018
For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Our kids or the Tories?
Southampton asks "What will you do to stop education cuts?"
Campaign against Newham academies boosted by victories
Save Free School Meals!
Martin Luther King
The life and legacy of Martin Luther King
Socialist Party news and analysis
Grenfell: survivors not rehoused, inquiry not independent, blocks not safe
Walkout from undercover policing inquiry
Social media - the potential and the limits
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tories fear youth revolt - fight for our future
Goldsmiths students occupy and protest in support of UCU strikers
Walthamstow Save Our Square protesters thrown out of city hall for demanding a say
Northern Socialist Party conference
North West Socialist Party conference
Building fund appeal
Bristol Socialist Students join Yarlswood demo
May Day greetings: Lend your support to the fight against the bosses
International socialist news and analysis
France: Pressure mounts on Macron government
USA: Huge 'march for our lives' protests
Russia's predictable presidential election
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