Last Tuesday (16 June), Kevan supported calls for the school meal voucher scheme to be extended into the summer holidays. After the Government’s last-minute U-turn on the issue, Kevan stated that:

“Listening to Conservative Members today, it is as though an amendment was not on the Order Paper saying that they were going to oppose free school meals over the summer, but it is there. As I challenged the hon. Member for Watford (Dean Russell), if it had been there tonight and things had not changed, they would all have trooped through the Lobby and voted against giving our children free school meals during the summer holidays.”

Kevan further stated that:

“In 2020 in the sixth richest country in the world, if we cannot afford to support and feed children, there is something terribly wrong. That is not the society I came into politics to see. It is one that I and, I know, others on the Labour Benches will continue to fight, and we will fight against the injustice that this Government seem to be completely deaf to.”

The video of the full speech is below: