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Marcus Rashford thanks UK businesses who answered the footballer's call for free meals

Marcus Rashford tonight told BBC Newsnight he 'couldn't be more proud to call myself British' after his campaign to provide free meals to children this Christmas sparked an outpouring of support on social media. 

The Manchester United footballer thanked hundreds of cafes, pubs and restaurants which came forward today to offer half-term food for vulnerable children.

In a statement released to the flagship programme, the ace also responded to criticism of his decision to start the campaign, saying those who wanted to talk about 'celebrities' and 'superstars' would find them in his Twitter feed. 

This week a Labour motion for the meals scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021 was defeated in the House of Commons. 

The campaign has been championed by Rashford, 22, who had called on people to 'unite' to protect the most vulnerable children after the vote.  

Dozens of hospitality businesses have shown they 'stand with Rashford, not the 322' MPs who rejected the motion, by supporting families during the school holidays.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight, the England star said: 'Growing up we didn't have a lot, but we always had the safety net of the community. That community was my family. 

When we stumbled, we were caught with open arms. Even at their lowest point, having felt the devastating effects of the pandemic, local businesses have wrapped arms around their communities today, catching vulnerable children as they fell. 

'I couldn't be more proud to call myself British tonight. I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. You want to talk about 'celebrities' and 'superstars', look no further than my Twitter feed and that's exactly what you'll find.'   

Some business giants are involved in the campaign, with McDonald's set to deliver a million meals for children in the next few weeks. 

Cafes, pubs and restaurants are offering free school meals for local children during half term after MPs rejected Marcus Rashford's campaign (pictured at FareShare in Manchester)

Food being prepared at the Mumtaz restaurant in Leeds. They will be handing out free food boxes during half term for any child who would normally get a free school lunch after MPs voted to reject a motion to provide food to those in need during the school holidays

Now dozens of hospitality businesses have shown they 'stand with Rashford, not the 322', by supporting families during the school holidays. Pictured: Fiona Crump, owner of the Castle Beach Cafe in Falmouth

Chef Scott Cope prepares a sandwich at the Pudding Pantry in Nottingham. They will be making free lunch boxes during half term for children who would get a free school lunch

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said the Government should make 'a clear decision' on whether it would or would not fund free school meals over holidays 'well in advance'

Hospitality giants, councils and small firms rally to help vulnerable children

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Councils and regional authorities:

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson backed a campaign to provide free meals to vulnerable children, seeing it pass £35,000.

Councils including Redbridge Borough Council, Southwark Council, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Liverpool City Council also said they would help out.

And smaller firms such as Aubergine Cafe in the Wirral, which is managed by Andrew Mahon and his wife May, have launched their own rescue missions for children. 

Announcing plans for food vouchers via the Co-op, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham tweeted: 'Was good to tell @MarcusRashford that we, his home city-region, aim to be the first in the country to achieve his vision.'

After unveiling a similar scheme in his city, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson tweeted: 'Families are struggling more than ever to make ends meet. No child should have to go hungry and in Liverpool we won't let them. Thanks for your hard work and campaigning @MarcusRashford.' 

A host of celebrities also offered their support to the England star, with journalist Caitlin Moran tweeting: 'Marcus Rashford's timeline swells your heart - people across the country doing something about feeding kids at Christmas.'

Musician Tim Burgess, a fellow Mancunian, tweeted: 'Wow, @MarcusRashford is a true hero of our times. So many MPs should feel shame over the fact that a footballer is helping the needy, more than they are.'

Support also came from across the football world, with ex-England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker posting: 'Well played @MarcusRashford. Check his timeline. Extraordinary from a remarkable young man.'

Tonight a top regional Conservative politician waded in to the furore, blasting the Government's 'last-minute' decision-making.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street said the Government should make 'a clear decision' on whether it would or would not fund free school meals over holidays 'well in advance'.

Asked if the Government should have to fund half-term meals, he said: 'I think - at the last minute - you probably do have to fund it, is the answer to that.'     

He added: 'It should not be a last-minute thing, this should be planned for, there should be a national approach on this.'

He added the lack of planning meant there was now an 'indiscriminate arrangement' across the country as to whether free school meals would be provided over the break.

McDonald's funding will enable charity FareShare to redistribute food to families who need it most in the coming weeks.

UK and Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said: 'As a business we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate.

'In these challenging times, we know it's more important than ever to support those most in need.

'When we temporarily closed our restaurants in March, our people, franchisees and suppliers rallied to provide surplus food and support to food banks and charities.

'We were pleased that we were able to donate surplus food through FareShare and other organisations earlier this year, and we admire the fantastic work that FareShare continues to do to support families facing very tough situations.

'I am pleased to support the distribution of one million meals to the families most in need this Autumn, and I wish to thank and congratulate FareShare for everything they're doing.'

FareShare CEO Lindsay Boswell added: 'McDonalds is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time.

'The funding will enable the equivalent of 1 million meals to be redistributed to our charity network very swiftly, and we are very grateful for their urgent support.'

Celebrity chef Ms Lawson announced she was supporting a fundraiser set up by comedian Katy Brand to provide free meals.

It has passed £35,000 and Ms Brand said she was now aiming for £50,000, with the proceeds going to the charities FareShare, the Trussell Trust and Magic Breakfast.

Ms Lawson tweeted: 'It shouldn't have to be this way, but it is more important to feed a hungry child than argue about how it's done.

'Or rather, donate if you can and then do what's necessary to stop those who make children going hungry policy.'

It comes amid a difficult time for the hospitality industry, with many business owners struggling to cope with the effects of coronavirus restrictions on their trade.

Rashford, who was made an MBE after forcing a Government U-turn on free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays, said he was 'blown away' by the support.

The Manchester United footballer tweeted: 'Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know. 

Ali Waterworth, co-founder of Ruddi's Retreat in Huddersfield, which will be handing out free food bags during half term for any child who would normally get a free school lunch

Food being prepared at the Mumtaz restaurant in Leeds. They will be handing out free food boxes during half term for any child who would normally get a free school lunch

Marcus Rashford visiting FareShare Greater Manchester at New Smithfield Market with his mother (left), which is naming a new warehouse in her honour

Ms Crump said: 'I didn't know about Marcus Rashford sharing my post until someone and told me about it this morning'

Ozgur Babat, owner of the Portofino restaurant in Harrogate, which will be handing out free food boxes during half term

Mr Babat (pictured, one of the packages) will give them to any child who would normally get a free school lunch

'Add #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY to your tweets so I can track them. I will share as many as I can.'

Mr and Mrs Mahon from the Wirral are offering a free sandwich, cup of soup and piece of fruit to children over half term.

He said: 'My wife and I, we saw the vote in Parliament. And we were a bit dumbstruck. It seems like such an own goal by Parliament.

'They are talking about trying to balance the books, but you don't do that by letting kids fall destitute in the middle of a national health emergency.'

Marcus Rashford helps out at charity that feeds vulnerable children

England football star Marcus Rashford and his mother yesterday visited a food charity which is naming a new warehouse in her honour after MPs voted down his plan to provide free school meals during the holidays.   

The pair's visit to FareShare Greater Manchester came a day after a Labour motion for the meals scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021 was defeated in the House of Commons.

The campaign has been championed by Manchester United footballer Rashford, 22, who had called on people to 'unite' to protect the most vulnerable children after the vote.

Rashford visiting FareShare Greater Manchester at New Smithfield Market with his mother

Visiting FareShare with his mother Melanie, he said: 'When we stumble, there will always be a community to wrap their arms around us and pick us back up.' 

The football ace added that for many people this help will come from food banks staffed by 'selfless' volunteers who are dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable.

Hours after visiting the FareShare warehouse, Rashford heaped praise on local groups, businesses and schools which have done their bit for children in local communities. 

He forced a Government U-turn on free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays, and his petition urging the Government to go further in tackling child hunger hit 100,000 signatures just 10 hours after it was launched.

Mr Mahon said for every request for help they have had, they have received more than 20 times as many offers of support, with people asking to donate money.

He said: 'It's very heartening. We weren't expecting it.'

Chris Fletcher and Kerry Rossey are offering a free packed lunch at The Gingerbread House Cafe in Budleigh Salterton, Devon. 

They have launched a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of providing the meals that has already raised more than £900.  

Mr Fletcher said: 'As parents ourselves we don't believe any child should be hungry at any time.

'We would like to offer a free child's takeaway packed lunch which will include a sandwich, packet of crisps, piece of fruit and a carton of juice throughout half term.

'We posted this on Facebook and have been overwhelmed with messages from businesses and local people wanting to donate to help us fund this.'

'Thank you everyone for your support, we feel so proud to live in such an amazing community. 

'It has been absolutely mad. It has been really good to see how everyone has come together and how many people have got involved.' 

Fiona Crump, 56, is the owner of the Castle Beach Cafe - a tiny eatery that operates out the back of a shipping container in Falmouth, Cornwall.

She said: 'I didn't know about Marcus Rashford sharing my post until someone and told me about it this morning.

'I'm really angry that every one of the Cornish MPs voted against providing school meals and at the Government for their spending priorities.

'I find that anger is useless unless you turn it into action and I wanted to do something with it.

'I run a cafe so I thought what I can do is feed people. I'll be making pack lunches like what children would usually take to school.

'I have no idea how many I will be making - it could be two or it could be 2,000.'

Tony Dunn, 40, who owns the Rhubarb Shed Cafe in Sheffield, South Yorks., said it was 'unconscionable' to leave children hungry and was inspired by Rashford's mission.

The father of three said it was paramount that communities came together as families have been struggling through the pandemic through 'no fault of their own'.

His 60-seat café will offer children an option of a sandwich, cupcake or hot chocolate next Thursday and said they will keep serving food until they run out.

He said once they've run out they will find something else to cook up as 'children should never go hungry'.

Mr Dunn, who has owned the café for ten years, said: 'When I saw that the MPs voted against it I thought it was awful.

'Children are completely innocent and they should never go hungry. It's unconscionable to let something like this happen.

'I've seen people say that parents on the dole should be feeding their children but our community was hit hard by this pandemic. 

Alex Stephens, owner of the Farm Fresh Market in Watnall Nottingham, with some of the sandwiches and drinks they will be providing free to local school children

Warren O'Connor (left) and Andy Aston (right) of Warren's Fruit and Veg at their Friday stall in the car park of Ye Olde Greene Manne in Northwood. They will be handing out free fruit and vegetables during half term for vulnerable children

Primary headteacher offers parents of pupils on free school meals £15 to feed their children over half-term

A primary headteacher has offered parents of pupils on free school meals £15 to feed their children over the half-term after MPs voted against extending the scheme during the holidays. 

Marianne Allan, who runs Cambois Primary School in Northumberland, said she was stepping in after MPs voted against extending free meals over the holidays, despite the campaign from England hero Marcus Rashford.

Marianne Allan, who runs Cambois Primary School in Northumberland, said she was stepping in after MPs voted against extending free meals over the holidays, despite the campaign from England hero Marcus Rashford

The school has 88 pupils, more than half of whom are eligible for free school meals, and will be using money raised in donations for the foodbank that it also runs.

Mrs Allan said: 'It is morally correct and it is the responsible thing to do. I was quite shocked how anybody could vote against feeding children.

'We have a significant number of children who will be directly affected by this decision.'

She said parents were doing their best to provide for their children, but she was aware of some who had lost their job and had to wait six weeks for their universal credit to start.

Mrs Allan added that the local community and businesses were greatly supportive and that bakery giant Greggs helped the school run a breakfast club.

'We have a trolley in each classroom and teachers make toast for the children,' she said.

'On Fridays they have a treat like a croissant, we give them fresh orange and fruit. Teachers are making them breakfast every single day and we are funded by Greggs to do that.' 

'Many of the families who can't afford food at the moment are people who have been working, but are now in a terrible situation through no fault of their own.

'I think it's just so important that as a community we come together and do every little bit we can.

'Seeing Marcus Rashford fighting has inspired many people, and I've seen so many restaurants and cafes trying to help out in any way they can as a result.'  

He added: 'It's sad that it took Rashford going through all of this for some change to happen but we must see the positives.

'This is an incredible movement, and it's great to see communities banding together.'

Mr Dunn, who runs the café with his wife Paula, 34, said he's not a political person but that children going hungry 'isn't political'. 

He said: 'My wife and I have been working here for ten years and we're the least political people you'll ever find.

'But children going hungry isn't political. It's something that just shouldn't happen.'

'We can only do so much, but I think it's so important that we lift people's spirits as we're going through incredibly difficult times.

'We are going to be serving food until we run out and then we'll get something else.'

London restaurant Group QOOT which owns brands by Chloe and The Lebanese Bakery said they would step in and offer free school meals for qualifying school children too.

The group of restaurants will offer a free main meal, side and drink before 1pm to school children on presentation of benefits document.

Scot Turner, QOOT Vice-President of Operations, said: 'When the Covid crisis first hit, QOOT and many other operators in the hospitality industry ran initiatives aimed at helping those most in need.

'While we continue to face unprecedented challenges, that commitment remains true, which is why we have been supporting Only a Pavement Away, to support London's homeless and have now stepped up to pledge support for Marcus's initiative with our London restaurants to offer free school meals, and urging our friends in the industry to get in touch and join us in supporting those children who are most vulnerable right now.

'For all our customers we encourage them to sign the petition and for our fellow industry colleagues we urge you to register your interest.'

A number of councils have also said they will offer free school meals for vulnerable children.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said he would fund free school meals over half term, feeding approximately 19,800 children.

The council joins Liverpool FC and a host of local businesses who have offered help, food packs and meals to families struggling to put food on the table.

With the city now under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions and a lower government furlough in place, thousands more are in desperate straits.

Mayor Anderson said: 'We've all seen Marcus Rashford's campaign and I and my colleagues have all been really worried about kids going hungry in this city.'

He continued: 'So today I am announcing that the council will stand by these kids and extend our own voucher scheme to make sure that 20,000 children will get the food they desperately need over the holiday. 

Food being prepared at the Portofino restaurant in Harrogate. They will be handing out free food boxes during half term for any child who would normally get a free school lunch

Ali Waterworth, with son Ruddi, founder of Ruddi's Retreat in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, who will be offering a packed lunch for children

MP suggests shorter summer holidays to tackle food insecurity

Reducing the length of the school summer holidays could help tackle food insecurity, a Tory MP has said. Jonathan Gullis (Stoke-on-Trent North), a former secondary school teacher, made the call during a Commons debate on free school meals.

Mr Gullis told the Commons: 'If we were to have a serious discussion about how to tackle this issue, one way in which we can do that is by reducing the summer holiday from six weeks to four weeks. Because it costs £133 per week on average, the costs of childcare, and if we take those two weeks and redistribute them, one in October half-term and one in the May half-term.

'Therefore, we can help to bring down the cost of the summer holiday on the parents and enable those parents to better... access the food that they of course need. Free school meals are indeed important, but it is the role of the school to educate, not the role of the school to be the welfare state.'

It follows calls by former Tory education secretary Damian Hinds, who said earlier this month the school holidays should be staggered in 2021 to extend the tourism season. Earlier in the debate, Mr Gullis outlined his experience of teaching in schools in deprived areas.

He added: 'I refuse to be lectured by members opposite who have not walked in my shoes. I spent eight years as a secondary school teacher in some of the most disadvantaged parts of London and of Birmingham'

'Times are tough for this council and we have been hit hard, but we will never lose sight of how hard things are for people who are trying to make ends meet in this city and I'm proud to announce this support today.'

He added: 'Hopefully this will make things a little bit easier for the families just trying to put food on their tables for their children in Liverpool.'

Labour-led Hammersmith and Fulham Council will give every pupil in need free school meal vouchers, equivalent to a £3 Tesco meal deal per day. 

Council leader Stephen Cowan said watching the vote was 'cutting'.

He said: 'I have seen a lot of kids who need food. I was in a school on Tuesday speaking to kids who have the free lunches now and they were explaining they have gone for days without a proper meal.

'They were very sweet kids, and then I looked at the MPs who were so callously indifferent to that and I thought, how can that be happening in the fifth richest country on Earth.

'There are so many things they spend money on, it's a moral imperative.'

School breakfasts will be also delivered over the break to 600 pupils across the borough most in need of help.

Southwark Council leader Kieron Williams said the Government 'failed, so we are stepping up'.

The London council will reallocate funds to pay for free meals over half term.

Birmingham City Council said it will provide 61,000 children in the city with free school meals vouchers over the half-term.

Councillor Ian Ward, Labour leader of England's largest local authority, said: 'With the Government failing to come up with a plan for those families with children reliant on free school meals, through next week's half-term, Birmingham City Council will step forward.'

He added: 'There are some 61,000 children in Birmingham who receive free school meals.

'So we will be ensuring they get provided with a voucher during the half-term next week.'

Manchester City Council followed suit. Councillor Garry Bridges said: 'We stand with Marcus Rashford. No child should go hungry during the holidays.

'In the absence of Government support to ensure this, the city council is stepping in to fund the provision of a free lunch for all qualifying children this half-term.

'We're working with our schools and have also put extra money into our welfare support to make sure families who need meals for their children can get them.'   

How MPs voted on motion to extend free school meals 

MPs have voted against Labour's motion to extend free school meals over school holidays until Easter 2021, by 322 votes to 261 - a majority of 61.

The division list numbers differ to those announced in the chamber, showing 319 no votes and 259 ayes.

Here is the breakdown of the division list published after the vote.


Five Conservative MPs: Caroline Ansell (Eastbourne), Robert Halfon (Harlow), Jason McCartney (Colne Valley), Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), Holly Mumby-Croft (Scunthorpe).

191 Labour MPs: Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington), Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth), Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow), Tahir Ali (Birmingham, Hall Green), Rosena Allin-Khan (Tooting), Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale), Fleur Anderson (Putney), Jonathan Ashworth (Leicester South), Paula Barker (Liverpool, Wavertree), Margaret Beckett (Derby South), Apsana Begum (Poplar and Limehouse), Hilary Benn (Leeds Central), Clive Betts (Sheffield South East), Olivia Blake (Sheffield, Hallam), Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central), Tracy Brabin (Batley and Spen), Ben Bradshaw (Exeter), Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West), Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East), Lyn Brown (West Ham), Chris Bryant (Rhondda), Karen Buck (Westminster North), Richard Burgon (Leeds East), Dawn Butler (Brent Central), Ian Byrne (Liverpool, West Derby), Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill), Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth), Alan Campbell (Tynemouth), Dan Carden (Liverpool, Walton), Sarah Champion (Rotherham), Feryal Clark (Enfield North), Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire), Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford), Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North), Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark), Stella Creasy (Walthamstow), Jon Cruddas (Dagenham and Rainham), Judith Cummins (Bradford South), Alex Cunningham (Stockton North), Janet Daby (Lewisham East), Wayne David (Caerphilly), Geraint Davies (Swansea West), Alex Davies-Jones (Pontypridd), Marsha De Cordova (Battersea), Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West), Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough), Anneliese Dodds (Oxford East), Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth), Peter Dowd (Bootle), Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington), Rosie Duffield (Canterbury), Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood), Angela Eagle (Wallasey), Clive Efford (Eltham), Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central), Chris Elmore (Ogmore), Florence Eshalomi (Vauxhall), Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Chris Evans (Islwyn), Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East), Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield), Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham, Deptford), Mary Kelly Foy (City of Durham), Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough), Barry Gardiner (Brent North), Preet Kaur Gill (Birmingham, Edgbaston), Mary Glindon (North Tyneside), Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston), Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South), Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West), Nia Griffith (Llanelli), Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish), Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley), Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East), Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle), Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham), Carolyn Harris (Swansea East), Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood), John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne), Mark Hendrick (Preston), Mike Hill (Hartlepool), Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch), Margaret Hodge (Barking), Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West), Kate Hollern (Blackburn), Rachel Hopkins (Luton South), George Howarth (Knowsley), Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton), Imran Hussain (Bradford East), Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central), Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North), Kim Johnson (Liverpool, Riverside), Darren Jones (Bristol North West), Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney), Kevan Jones (North Durham), Ruth Jones (Newport West), Sarah Jones (Croydon Central), Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East), Barbara Keeley (Worsley and Eccles South), Liz Kendall (Leicester West), Afzal Khan (Manchester, Gorton), Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), Peter Kyle (Hove), David Lammy (Tottenham), Ian Lavery (Wansbeck), Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields), Tony Lloyd (Rochdale), Rebecca Long Bailey (Salford and Eccles), Holly Lynch (Halifax), Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston), Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr), Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham, Ladywood), Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston), Rachael Maskell (York Central), Christian Matheson (City of Chester), Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak), Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East), Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden), John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington), Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East), Conor McGinn (St Helens North), Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North), Jim McMahon (Oldham West and Royton), Anna McMorrin (Cardiff North), Ian Mearns (Gateshead), Edward Miliband (Doncaster North), Navendu Mishra (Stockport), Jessica Morden (Newport East), Stephen Morgan (Portsmouth South), Grahame Morris (Easington), Ian Murray (Edinburgh South), James Murray (Ealing North), Lisa Nandy (Wigan), Charlotte Nichols (Warrington North), Alex Norris (Nottingham North), Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central), Abena Oppong-Asare (Erith and Thamesmead), Kate Osamor (Edmonton), Kate Osborne (Jarrow), Taiwo Owatemi (Coventry North West), Sarah Owen (Luton North), Stephanie Peacock (Barnsley East), Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich), Toby Perkins (Chesterfield), Jess Phillips (Birmingham, Yardley), Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport), Lucy Powell (Manchester Central), Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East), Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne), Steve Reed (Croydon North), Christina Rees (Neath), Ellie Reeves (Lewisham West and Penge), Rachel Reeves (Leeds West), Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde), Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Streatham), Marie Rimmer (St Helens South and Whiston), Matt Rodda (Reading East), Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton, Kemptown), Naz Shah (Bradford West), Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall), Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield), Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn), Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith), Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood), Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent), Karin Smyth (Bristol South), Alex Sobel (Leeds North West), John Spellar (Warley), Keir Starmer (Holborn and St Pancras), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central), Wes Streeting (Ilford North), Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton), Zarah Sultana (Coventry South), Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside), Sam Tarry (Ilford South), Gareth Thomas (Harrow West), Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen), Stephen Timms (East Ham), Jon Trickett (Hemsworth), Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East), Derek Twigg (Halton), Liz Twist (Blaydon), Valerie Vaz (Walsall South), Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green), Matt Western (Warwick and Leamington), Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test), Mick Whitley (Birkenhead), Nadia Whittome (Nottingham East), Beth Winter (Cynon Valley), Mohammad Yasin (Bedford), Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge).

46 Scottish National Party MPs: Hannah Bardell (Livingston), Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South), Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber), Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North), Steven Bonnar (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill), Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith), Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun), Amy Callaghan (East Dunbartonshire), Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow), Douglas Chapman (Dunfermline and West Fife), Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West), Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde), Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East), Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk), Martin Docherty-Hughes (West Dunbartonshire), Dave Doogan (Angus), Allan Dorans (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock), Marion Fellows (Motherwell and Wishaw), Stephen Flynn (Aberdeen South), Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran), Patrick Grady (Glasgow North), Peter Grant (Glenrothes), Neil Gray (Airdrie and Shotts), Neale Hanvey (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath), Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey), Stewart Hosie (Dundee East), Chris Law (Dundee West), David Linden (Glasgow East), Kenny MacAskill (East Lothian), Angus Brendan MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar), Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Glasgow South), Stuart C McDonald (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East), Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East), John McNally (Falkirk), Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West), Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North), John Nicolson (Ochil and South Perthshire), Brendan O'Hara (Argyll and Bute), Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire), Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East), Alyn Smith (Stirling), Chris Stephens (Glasgow South West), Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central), Richard Thomson (Gordon), Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire), Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire).

Nine Liberal Democrat MPs: Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland), Wendy Chamberlain (North East Fife), Daisy Cooper (St Albans), Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale), Wera Hobhouse (Bath), Christine Jardine (Edinburgh West), Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon), Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross), Munira Wilson (Twickenham).

One DUP MP: Jim Shannon (Strangford).

Three Plaid Cymru MPs: Ben Lake (Ceredigion), Liz Saville Roberts (Dwyfor Meirionnydd), Hywel Williams (Arfon).

Two SDLP MPs: Colum Eastwood (Foyle), Claire Hanna (Belfast South).

One Alliance MP: Stephen Farry (North Down).

One Independent MP: Claudia Webbe (Leicester East).

Tellers for the ayes were Labour MPs Bambos Charalambous (Enfield Southgate) and Jeff Smith (Manchester Withington).


318 Conservative MPs: Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty), Bim Afolami (Hitchin and Harpenden), Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Imran Ahmad Khan (Wakefield), Nickie Aiken (Cities of London and Westminster), Peter Aldous (Waveney), Lucy Allan (Telford), David Amess (Southend West), Lee Anderson (Ashfield), Stuart Anderson (Wolverhampton South West), Stuart Andrew (Pudsey), Edward Argar (Charnwood), Sarah Atherton (Wrexham), Victoria Atkins (Louth and Horncastle), Gareth Bacon (Orpington), Richard Bacon (South Norfolk), Kemi Badenoch (Saffron Walden), Shaun Bailey (West Bromwich West), Duncan Baker (North Norfolk), Steve Baker (Wycombe), Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire), Steve Barclay (North East Cambridgeshire), Simon Baynes (Clwyd South), Aaron Bell (Newcastle-under-Lyme), Scott Benton (Blackpool South), Paul Beresford (Mole Valley), Jake Berry (Rossendale and Darwen), Saqib Bhatti (Meriden), Bob Blackman (Harrow East), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Peter Bone (Wellingborough), Peter Bottomley (Worthing West), Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine), Ben Bradley (Mansfield), Karen Bradley (Staffordshire Moorlands), Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West), Suella Braverman (Fareham), Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South), Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire), Steve Brine (Winchester), Paul Bristow (Peterborough), Sara Britcliffe (Hyndburn), James Brokenshire (Old Bexley and Sidcup), Anthony Browne (South Cambridgeshire), Fiona Bruce (Congleton), Felicity Buchan (Kensington), Robert Buckland (South Swindon), Alex Burghart (Brentwood and Ongar), Conor Burns (Bournemouth West), Rob Butler (Aylesbury), Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan), Andy Carter (Warrington South), James Cartlidge (South Suffolk), William Cash (Stone), Miriam Cates (Penistone and Stocksbridge), Maria Caulfield (Lewes), Alex Chalk (Cheltenham), Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham), Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds), Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells), Simon Clarke (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland), Theo Clarke (Stafford), Brendan Clarke-Smith (Bassetlaw), Chris Clarkson (Heywood and Middleton), James Cleverly (Braintree), Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal), Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe), Alberto Costa (South Leicestershire), Robert Courts (Witney), Claire Coutinho (East Surrey), Geoffrey Cox (Torridge and West Devon), Virginia Crosbie (Ynys Mon), James Daly (Bury North), David T C Davies (Monmouth), James Davies (Vale of Clwyd), Gareth Davies (Grantham and Stamford), Mims Davies (Mid Sussex), Philip Davies (Shipley), David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden), Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland), Caroline Dinenage (Gosport), Sarah Dines (Derbyshire Dales), Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon), Michelle Donelan (Chippenham), Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire), Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay), Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere), Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock), Richard Drax (South Dorset), Flick Drummond (Meon Valley), David Duguid (Banff and Buchan), Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green), Philip Dunne (Ludlow), Mark Eastwood (Dewsbury), Ruth Edwards (Rushcliffe), Michael Ellis (Northampton North), Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East), Natalie Elphicke (Dover), George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth), Luke Evans (Bosworth), David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford), Ben Everitt (Milton Keynes North), Michael Fabricant (Lichfield), Laura Farris (Newbury), Simon Fell (Barrow and Furness), Katherine Fletcher (South Ribble), Mark Fletcher (Bolsover), Nick Fletcher (Don Valley), Vicky Ford (Chelmsford), Kevin Foster (Torbay), Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford), Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire), George Freeman (Mid Norfolk), Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green), Richard Fuller (North East Bedfordshire), Marcus Fysh (Yeovil), Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest), Nusrat Ghani (Wealden), Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton), Peter Gibson (Darlington), Jo Gideon (Stoke-on-Trent Central), Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham), John Glen (Salisbury), Robert Goodwill (Scarborough and Whitby), Michael Gove (Surrey Heath), Richard Graham (Gloucester), Helen Grant (Maidstone and The Weald), James Gray (North Wiltshire), Chris Grayling (Epsom and Ewell), Chris Green (Bolton West), Damian Green (Ashford), Andrew Griffith (Arundel and South Downs), Kate Griffiths (Burton), James Grundy (Leigh), Jonathan Gullis (Stoke-on-Trent North), Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate), Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon), Matt Hancock (West Suffolk), Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham), Mark Harper (Forest of Dean), Rebecca Harris (Castle Point), Trudy Harrison (Copeland), Sally-Ann Hart (Hastings and Rye), Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire), John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings), Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire), Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry), Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey), Darren Henry (Broxtowe), Antony Higginbotham (Burnley), Damian Hinds (East Hampshire), Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Adam Holloway (Gravesham), Paul Holmes (Eastleigh), John Howell (Henley), Paul Howell (Sedgefield), Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire), Eddie Hughes (Walsall North), Jane Hunt (Loughborough), Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey), Tom Hunt (Ipswich), Alister Jack (Dumfries and Galloway), Sajid Javid (Bromsgrove), Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire), Mark Jenkinson (Workington), Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood), Robert Jenrick (Newark), Boris Johnson (Uxbridge and South Ruislip), Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham), Gareth Johnson (Dartford), David Johnston (Wantage), Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough), Fay Jones (Brecon and Radnorshire), David Jones (Clwyd West), Marcus Jones (Nuneaton), Simon Jupp (East Devon), Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham), Alicia Kearns (Rutland and Melton), Gillian Keegan (Chichester), Julian Knight (Solihull), Greg Knight (East Yorkshire), Danny Kruger (Devizes), Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne), John Lamont (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk), Robert Largan (High Peak), Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire), Edward Leigh (Gainsborough), Ian Levy (Blyth Valley), Andrew Lewer (Northampton South), Brandon Lewis (Great Yarmouth), Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and West Somerset), Chris Loder (West Dorset), Mark Logan (Bolton North East), Marco Longhi (Dudley North), Julia Lopez (Hornchurch and Upminster), Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke), Jonathan Lord (Woking), Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet), Cherilyn Mackrory (Truro and Falmouth), Rachel Maclean (Redditch), Alan Mak (Havant), Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire), Anthony Mangnall (Totnes), Scott Mann (North Cornwall), Julie Marson (Hertford and Stortford), Theresa May (Maidenhead), Jerome Mayhew (Broadland), Karl McCartney (Lincoln), Mark Menzies (Fylde), Johnny Mercer (Plymouth, Moor View), Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock), Robin Millar (Aberconwy), Maria Miller (Basingstoke), Amanda Milling (Cannock Chase), Nigel Mills (Amber Valley), Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield), Gagan Mohindra (South West Hertfordshire), Robbie Moore (Keighley), Penny Mordaunt (Portsmouth North), David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale), James Morris (Halesowen and Rowley Regis), Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills), Kieran Mullan (Crewe and Nantwich), David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Sheryll Murray (South East Cornwall), Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire), Robert Neill (Bromley and Chislehurst), Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North), Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire), Neil O'Brien (Harborough), Guy Opperman (Hexham), Owen Paterson (North Shropshire), Mark Pawsey (Rugby), Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead), John Penrose (Weston-super-Mare), Chris Philp (Croydon South), Christopher Pincher (Tamworth), Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane), Victoria Prentis (Banbury), Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin), Jeremy Quin (Horsham), Will Quince (Colchester), Tom Randall (Gedling), John Redwood (Wokingham), Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset), Nicola Richards (West Bromwich East), Angela Richardson (Guildford), Rob Roberts (Delyn), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury), Mary Robinson (Cheadle), Andrew Rosindell (Romford), Lee Rowley (North East Derbyshire), Dean Russell (Watford), David Rutley (Macclesfield), Gary Sambrook (Birmingham, Northfield), Selaine Saxby (North Devon), Paul Scully (Sutton and Cheam), Bob Seely (Isle of Wight), Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire), Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield), Alok Sharma (Reading West), Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell), David Simmonds (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner), Chris Skidmore (Kingswood), Chloe Smith (Norwich North), Greg Smith (Buckingham), Henry Smith (Crawley), Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon), Amanda Solloway (Derby North), Ben Spencer (Runnymede and Weybridge), Mark Spencer (Sherwood), Alexander Stafford (Rother Valley), Andrew Stephenson (Pendle), Jane Stevenson (Wolverhampton North East), John Stevenson (Carlisle), Bob Stewart (Beckenham), Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South), Gary Streeter (South West Devon), Mel Stride (Central Devon), Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)), James Sunderland (Bracknell), Desmond Swayne (New Forest West), Robert Syms (Poole), Derek Thomas (St Ives), Maggie Throup (Erewash), Edward Timpson (Eddisbury), Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood), Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon), Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole), Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire), Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Laura Trott (Sevenoaks), Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling), Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes), Matt Vickers (Stockton South), Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet), Robin Walker (Worcester), Charles Walker (Broxbourne), Jamie Wallis (Bridgend), David Warburton (Somerton and Frome), Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness), Giles Watling (Clacton), Suzanne Webb (Stourbridge), Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent), Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire), Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley), John Whittingdale (Maldon), Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire), James Wild (North West Norfolk), Craig Williams (Montgomeryshire), Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire), Mike Wood (Dudley South), William Wragg (Hazel Grove), Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth and Southam), Jacob Young (Redcar), Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon).

One Independent MP: Julian Lewis (New Forest East).

Tellers for the noes were Conservative MPs Tom Pursglove (Corby) and Leo Docherty (Aldershot).

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