Somerset MP Tessa Munt is campaigning for new school kitchens to be as ‘child friendly’ as possible so they can double up and be used to teach cookery lessons as well as feeding hungry pupils!
Tessa was delighted by the news last year that from September, every single infant school pupil will sit down to a free school lunch. This means 16,766 children in Somerset will benefit from a free hot and healthy meal at lunchtime.
Tessa said: “I talk to parents every day in my patch and everyone is feeling the squeeze. During the course of a year, the average family spends £400 on lunches for each child, and we are determined to ease the financial burden for families. Research shows that guaranteeing a nutritious hot meal improves results, and it is right that every child has a fair start in their crucial early years.”
“Since the Coalition Government is providing additional funding for new kitchens, it makes sense for the kitchens to be accessible to children and teachers – so they can also benefit from learning how to cook healthy hot meals.”
If we teach our children how to cook healthily, they will lead happier, healthier lives”
7th January 2014
Following a packed and hugely successful public meeting in Brean before Christmas, Tessa is encouraging local people to become members of First Bus’s Customer Panel.
Panel Members will get the opportunity to represent local people, making their views known on a regular basis.
Commenting, Tessa said:
“Local people know their areas best and the meeting I chaired in December was packed to the rafters and lots of people had good ideas.
First Group are currently recruiting new panel members for this area and I think this is an important opportunity for local people to get involved and make an impact on the services we all rely on.Read more
The hoo-hah over MPs salaries doesn't just demonstrate how to drop a clanger, but it highlights what is missing from the debate as well.
I wonder whether 2014 might be the time to have a proper discussion about what it is our MPs are meant to do for us.
There’s no job description for an MP. The role has evolved over several hundred years and the idea of what is ‘representing your constituents’ has changed beyond recognition, even in the last few decades. Should we measure an MP's activity? His or her contribution to local life or to creating legislation? How easy he or she is to get hold of?
I’m amazed some MPs hold down one, two and more private jobs as well as being an MP. I find being an MP is more than full-time, so I don’t have a clue how they do it!
I don’t mean the doctors, drivers and others who need a minimum number of working hours to keep their skills updated so they stay registered – general elections can deliver a brutal end to any MP’s term, so keeping qualified is fair. He or she may need to return to his or her old job!Read more