I SEE that Bishop Auckland’s Conservative MP, Dehenna Davison, voted against continuing to provide free school meals during the holidays for those children that usually qualify.

She voted against ensuring that the kids of poorer families don’t go hungry at a time of national crisis, during which many parents will have seen their incomes reduce or their jobs disappear.

The Tory argument against extending free school meals seems to be that a combination of provision by local authorities and the existing benefit system is sufficient.

One would have thought that the fact that there are 4.2m children in the UK living in officially recognised poverty as proof enough that it isn’t.

I recommend that Ms Davison spends time at the food banks in her constituency.

Derek Cattell, Windlestone.