Julia Hartley-Brewer on Tory manifesto: 'Why should we pay for parents' inability to raise their kids?'

Julia Hartley-Brewer says if a parent isn't feeding their child breakfast, there's a larger problem at home

The Conservatives want to swap free school lunches for breakfasts (Stock image)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer has argued that cases where children aren't being fed breakfast by their parents shows something else is wrong in the home - and the rest of the country shouldn't have to pay for it.

She made the comments whilst speaking to Conservative candidate Dominic Raab, as the Tory manifesto pledges to swap free school lunches for free school breakfasts for all primary school pupils.

Julia argued that it is not the responsibility of the state to pay for children's breakfasts and most parents can afford to feed their children at the start of the day..

But Raab argued that children eating breakfast has a direct correlation with how well they do at school, so it is important for their education.

He also claimed this plan would mean schools had more funding and wouldn't face budget cuts.

Listen to the full interview above