Tory MP attacks ‘politically-motivated’ headteacher
Tory MP attacks ‘politically-motivated’ headteacher after she claimed that ‘poor pupils are so hungry they are taking apple cores out of the bins’
- Siobhan Collingwood said children had ‘nothing in their lunchboxes’ at school
- David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, insisted claims weren’t true
- He said head teacher’s statement part of a campaign by Momentum activists
David Morris insisted claims by a head teacher that ‘children were stealing fruit cores from the bins’ were unfounded
A Tory MP has attacked a ‘politically-motivated’ head teacher after she claimed that some pupils from poor families were so hungry at school they ate apple cores taken out of bins.
Siobhan Collingwood said children were turning up for classes with ‘nothing in their lunchboxes’ and spent the day ‘fixated on food’.
She told BBC Breakfast this week: ‘It’s heartbreaking.
‘We have children who are stealing fruit cores from the bins.’
Mrs Collingwood, of Morecambe Bay Primary School, Lancashire, also claimed she had seen desperate families watering down milk and loaning each other food – and linked the problems with benefit changes and universal credit.
However, David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, insisted the claims were unfounded and part of a campaign by Jeremy Corbyn-supporting Momentum activists in the area.
Mr Morris said: ‘Recently a governor has resigned from this school due to politicisation.’
Last night Mrs Collingwood stressed: ‘Everything I said was based on personal experience.’
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Siobhan Collingwood said children were turning up for classes with ‘nothing in their lunchboxes’ and spent the day ‘fixated on food’
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