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Frank has a field day ahead of free meal bill

01 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Frank Field MP tucks into spag bol on Wednesday

THE Labour MP behind a parliamentary bill to bring free meals to disadvantaged youngsters during school holidays visited a children’s centre serving up spaghetti bolognaise on Wednesday.

Frank Field was at the Islington Play Centre in Bridgeman Road, Barnsbury, ahead of his plans being presented to the Commons next week, the first day after the summer recess.

Luna and Sama, both 9

If backed by MPs, councils could receive an extra £41 million raised from the government’s new tax on sugary drinks. Local authorities would then have a legal duty to provide school meals to poorer children.

Mr Field sidestepped questions about how he wrongly predicted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Islington North MP, would suffer a huge loss at June’s general election, adding: “I’m just thinking, look at all these kids having fun. What’s happening here in Islington, we want to see covering the country by next year. Food and fun clubs. I am so shocked that people are still hungry in 2017, for God’s sake.”

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