House of Commons to trial Halal meals in cafeteria

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Thanks to the efforts of two MPs, the House of Commons will begin a three month trial of serving halal and kosher meals in one of its cafeterias.

The move comes after a joint letter was submitted by Muslim Labour MP Zarah Sultana and Jewish Labour MP Charlotte Nichols.

The letter then garnered support from 49 MPs including signatures from John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, Richard Burgon, Rosena Allin Khan, Caroline Lucas, Mhairi Black and Wes Streeting.

“High quality ready meals and Kosher/ Halal sandwiches will be introduced to Bellamy’s canteen on 30 March as part of a three-month trial. A hot main course will be priced at £5.25 for the duration of the trial,” it was announced on the Parliament’s website.

Posting of the good news on her Facebook page, Ms Sultana said: “I’m really pleased that Parliament will trial serving Halal & Kosher food. This follows a letter from Charlotte Nichols MP and me making this request, with the support of dozens of colleagues.

“In 2020, Parliament must be accessible to Muslim & Jewish MPs, Lords, staff & visitors.”

With the trial beginning on 30th March, catering staff will be encouraging feedback while monitoring demand.

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