The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly this week to endorse the Fund for European Aid to the most deprived. However, the Conservatives were amongst the few opponents.
East Midlands’ Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott said:
“10,742 people used food banks in the East Midlands last year. That’s a staggering increase of 985% from the previous year. And four out of ten of those who received emergency food were children.
“Across the East Midlands, volunteers are giving their time freely, irrespective of politics, to meet desperate need.
“Tory MEPs tried to deny access to these funds for our poorest people. We wait to see what our own government will now do. They must allow this fund to be claimed for food aid in Britain.”