The talkRADIO host appeared baffled at Jeremy Corbyn’s party’s suggestion to place 20 per cent VAT on private schools in order to fund free meals for all children- including those from privileged backgrounds.
Hartley-Brewer picked the proposal apart as she suggested highly-paid individuals, like Angela Rayner, should not expect lower-earning people to pay for their children’s meals.
"You're a highly-paid MP, you're a front-bencher in the Labour Party,” the host said.
"Why on earth should a cleaner on low pay at the school your children attend pay taxes to pay for a highly-paid MP like you to have free free schools for your kids?"
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Angela Rayner was grilled over the proposal to introduce 20 per cent VAT on private schools
Ms Rayner insisted the move was about more than just free meals, saying the proposal could "remove the stigma from those children" from poorer backgrounds.
She said: “If you take my example, I was elected in May 2016… I was on working tax credit so I wouldn’t have come under the free school meals offer because of the working tax credit.
“But I certainly wasn’t in the position I am now. But this isn’t about the cleaners paying for the school meals for my children, this is about [us] constantly subsidising private education for the privileged few, the seven per cent.
“Whereas this policy would affect the 93 per cent so it encapsulates much more of those hard working families that are not on the free school meals offer but are actually really struggling.
You're a highly-paid MP, you're a front-bencher in the Labour party
“So it’s a really good policy for the vast majority.”
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Meanwhile, LBC host Nick Ferrari also took the Labour shadow minister to task as he wanted to know how many schools have suitable kitchen facilities.
A question Ms Rayner could not answer, resulting in Ferrari saying: "You come out with this flagship policy, every primary school child in the land will have a meal, which is obviously eye-catching for parents, and then you're asked a question 'well how many schools will have to put kitchens in?' and you actually have no idea do you?"
To which Ms Rayner responded: "In 2020, when this policy is introduced as part of our manifesto, there are some schools that won't need a specific kitchen within their facility because they will already have the facility by the use of the next door school all the provision, so it's not a simple percentage.
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“It depends on what the provision is currently within those schools."
Having none of it, the LBC host hit back: "Don't you think it would have been an idea to know. Wouldn't it be an idea to say 'We'll also have to commit – I'm going to make a figure up here – £100million to build kitchens in approximately 15 per cent of schools have no kitchen facilities.'
"Because all we have at the moment is 'Every child is going to have a free school meal'. That's fantastic. 'What about is there a kitchen?' No idea, haven't got a clue. That's the reality.
“I’m going to quote that's reality what we're hearing. Unless there's a neighbouring school that can heat up Cornish Pasty."