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Running gear shop bans local MP ‘for life’ for voting against free school meals

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An MP has been banned from a running gear shop ‘for life’ after he voted against extending Marcus Rashford’s free school meals plan.

Conservative MP for Morecombe David Morris and 321 others rejected the plan which would have extended the meals over the school holidays until next Easter.

Many MPs received fierce criticism in their constituencies after they  snubbed the Man United stars' plan earlier this week.

As part of the backlash, Mr Morris has been banned from the Runners Centre in Kings Arcade, Lancaster.

A sign in the window reads: "David Morris MP is barred from entering this store for voting to starve children…

"Along with 322 other Conservative MP’s he voted against extending free meals for kids.

"He has been listed as one of the top ten MP’s claiming expenses with £77,676.00 spent so far.

"He has also voted to give himself a pay rise of nearly £3400.00. Thatcher starved the miners. Morris starving the minors."

Daily Star Online has contacted David Morris' office for comment.

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Other MPs facing criticism in their local constituencies because of the school meals vote include Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who was barred from his local pub.

Radio presenter Darryl Morris posted a copy of the 2019 menu online after MPs rejected Rashford’s campaign to extend free meals to youngsters throughout the school holidays by 322 votes to 261.

The government said it preferred to tackle child poverty through Universal Credit handouts.

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Darryl, who presents a morning show on talkRADIO, tweeted: “This is the menu for the member’s dining room in Parliament. It is subsidised. Look how cheap it is.

“Yesterday these people voted to refuse free meals to feed hungry children over Christmas.

“We’re living in a Dickens novel. And not a very good one.’’

TV comic Nish Kumar, who hosts BBC Two’s The Mash Report, said: “Guys of course we don’t have the money to feed children, we have to spend it on the essentials like apps that don’t work.’’

Marcus, who scored United’s winner in their 2-1 Champions League victory over PSG on Tuesday, yesterday helped out at FareShare Greater Manchester’s new warehouse.

Marcus was seen lugging boxes of cornflakes from the back of a car into the new bigger warehouse which has been named Melanie Maynard House in honour of his mum who accompanied him.

He tweeted: “The food banks are in for a very tough winter.

“Most are currently distributing 6 food packages per min and we are only in Oct.’’

FareShare UK chief executive officer Lindsay Boswell said the charity welcomed the `spotlight that Marcus Rashford’s tireless campaigning has shone on child hunger and are so grateful for his support of our work during this challenging time’.

“The naming of this warehouse is in recognition of Melanie Maynard and in fact, of all mums in the UK, supporting their children,’’ she said.

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the vote which would have been the first step on the road to providing some peace of mind to the millions of struggling UK families."

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