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Gedling MP Vernon Coaker lobbied by Nottingham school pupils

IF lobby Vernon Coaker

Monday 18 March 2013

Pupils from the Nottingham Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy joined thousands of people around the UK on Friday 15 March by demanding the government address the root causes of hunger.

The 35 pupils met with Vernon Coaker demonstrating democracy in action and urged immediate action on hunger in The Budget on 20 March.

Local support

Councillor Muriel Weisz, from Gedling Borough Council, backed the pupils and attended their lobby.

Muriel said: 'It is a disgrace that 2 million children die from malnutrition every year and food prices have spiralled to the highest levels in decades. Hardworking people in the UK and abroad are struggling to feed their families.'

Muriel is a supporter of the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF campaign, a coalition of more than 100 organisations, working together to demand changes to the food system that will benefit hungry people.

She was also joined at the school by the Rev Denise Dodd, Developing World Church Links officer for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, the Principal and deputy head of the Christ the King School as well as Christian Aid East Midlands regional manager, Lucy Connell.

Denise said: 'George Osborne’s Budget contains decisions about how our country’s money is spent. It can help lay the foundations for a world free from hunger. I’m happy I’ve had my say on how The Budget should be used to transform lives and build a better future. I would encourage everyone to meet or email their own MP and have their say.'

The pupils lobbied Mr Coaker at their school on the morning of Friday 15 March and their session included talks from both Lucy Connell and Vernon Coaker before the pupils decorated paper plates to be handed in to David Cameron before the G8 in June.

What is it all about?

MPs including Vernon Coaker are being asked to write to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to ensure they keep their promises on aid to poor countries and crack down on tax dodging by big companies, which costs poor countries three times the amount they receive in UK aid.

To find out more about the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, please visit the Christian Aid IF section or follow our campaign activity on Twitter @Christian_Aid


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