A teacher has shared heartbreaking details about life for children in poverty under the Tories.

Young people forced to spend weekends without food and heating, and a mum begging social services to take her teenage daughter away are among the stories recounted.

Children have also resorted to stealing from school cookery classes, it is claimed.

The details were shared on Instagram by a teacher in the North East.

The teacher, who has not been named, urged people to go out and vote next week.

They wrote: "Over the past 15 months I've had children hysterically crying at 3pm on a Friday because they don't want to spend weekends at home without food or heating.

The teacher shared their experience on Instagram

"I personally have had that scenario with three separate teenagers.

"I've had children whose parents have missed bill payments and have been arrested/evicted because they cannot read or write.

"I've had parents that have been repeatedly sacked from jobs when they've made mistakes because they can't read or write.

"I've had children who never see their one parent because they work 2/3 jobs to keep their kids alive.

"They live in the same house but don't see each other for days at a time. I've seen kids stealing flour and eggs from cookery classes to take home to eat."

The experiences echo those of four million children, it is claimed

And the shocking post continues: "I've had a girl in Year 9 whose mam begged social services to take her away so that she could have a better chance in life.

"I've seen kids who look after multiple younger brothers and sisters because their parent is too ill to look after them themselves. We used to have a boy who came in early on mornings to shower in the changing rooms because his flat had no water."

And the teacher said the NHS is also feeling the effect of government policy, writing: "All I've seen over the last few weeks is doctors and nurses begging.

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"People who work in local government begging. Mothers with sick children whose US made drugs have already been priced so high that the NHS simply cannot afford for them begging.

"Teachers and pupils who both have increasing workloads are begging.

"People who see the 4.1 million children living in poverty are begging. Abstaining for voting because you're not keen on a certain leader isn't helping anyone."