A CONSERVATIVE MP admitted she cannot rest for the thought of poor children losing their education, just two months after voting against them being fed.
Eleanor Shaw, Member for Runnymede and Weybridge, believes that it is unfair to make children pay the price for the virus while believing it is absolutely fair to make them pay the price for having low-earning parents.
She continued: “Any one of these children could be the next Einstein, the next Shakespeare, the next Laurence Fox. It is our duty to save them.
“Not in terms of providing them with any kind of social safety net, because that stifles the entreprenurial spirit. But by sending them to school during a pandemic.
“I worry for their mental health. They’re at increased risk of self-harm, eating disorders, abusive family members and all the other stuff I habitually disregard when recommending huge cuts to Universal Credit.
“Yes, I voted against extending free school meals through the Christmas holidays back in October, but that was a different time and a different issue. Now my heart’s weeping for their plight.
“Private education should remain closed. Though hard-pushed parents should get a government rebate on school fees.”