Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £3,055,034 invested in Hampshire to upgrade school kitchens, according to the Liberal Democrats.
It comes after figures revealed 34,059 children in Hampshire are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals.
When in government, the Liberal Democrats invested £160m upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches, including £3,055,034 in Hampshire.
Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Gray for Havant commented:
“The Liberal Democrats in government invested £160m to give schools the kitchens they needed to ensure that no infant would go hungry, including more than £3million in our county alone.”
“This policy was extremely successful and guaranteed that local children received at least two of their five a day in their school lunch. But now Theresa May is threatening to throw that money down the drain.”
“A Conservative measure designed to save money will waste money. Not only is it heartless, it is bad economics. I challenge my Conservative opponent Alan Mak to say whether, if elected, he would vote against their own party to ensure that children in Havant receive a decent lunch.”
“The Liberal Democrats will protect free school lunches for infants and ensure all primary school children can get a healthy, free lunch a day.”