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MP hopeful dishes up as a dinner lady

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 28, 2009

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A parliamentary candidate returned to school as a dinner lady to dish up and learn how meals have changed since her time.

Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Wells constituency, spent the day working as a dinner lady at Hugh Sexey Middle School in Blackford.

Working with staff she donned hygienic white clothes, gloves and a baseball cap to give out warm, yet cost effective, treats to youngsters and staff including fish, chips and baked beans.

She aims to promote the school dinner as a way to save money during the recession as many children are entitled to a free or cheap dinner which parents are not always aware of.

Tessa, a Hugh Sexey governor, said: "Nowadays pupils, teachers and support staff enjoy lots of choice, with plenty of freshly- cooked food served in light, bright and cheerful cafe-style surroundings.

"When I was at school things were different – repetitive menus, no choice and never a salad in sight.

"The credit crunch is hitting families hard.

"Free school meals for children can be a worthwhile and essential saving against the weekly budget yet it's surprising how many are allowed free meals but their parents don't take up the entitlement."

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