You may have seen the fallout from a conversation I had with the local Conservative Association on Twitter. It made the national press. You can read a summary here.

It’s quite right that Jack Monroe was angry and her response got a lot of coverage. What is a shame, however, is that the wider conversation I had with the Conservatives was largely ignored. It deserves more attention as it reveals a lot about the attitude of the party when it comes not only to child poverty but the role of the state in protecting vulnerable children and the evidence that making sure they are fed improves education. So, here we go:


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