Boris Johnson: Children won’t go hungry because of Government inattention

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    Boris Johnson has said children will not go hungry “a result of any Government inattention”, as the row over free school meals intensifies.  The Prime Minister stressed the Government was also “uplifting Universal Credit” which was “one of the best ways you can help families in these tough times”.  He added: “I totally understand the issue. It is there, we have to deal with it. The debate is how you deal with it.” “We don’t want to see children going hungry this winter, this Christmas, certainly not as a result of any inattention by this Government – and you are not going to see that.” Mr Johnson was also forced to clarify that he had not spoken to Marcus Rashford since June, after the England footballer rejected claims the pair had communicated earlier today.  “What he is doing is terrific,” he said during a visit to a hospital. “We support local councils, and indeed we fund local councils and many of the organisations who have been stepping in.” Tory councils including Hillingdon – which is in Boris Johnson’s constituency – Medway and Wandsworth are among those stepping into the breach.   His comments come amid growing anger on the backbenches, after MPs were deluged with emails from outraged constituents.  Senior Tories including Sir Bernard Jenkin and Caroline Nokes attacked Number 10’s position over the weekend, while Labour has said it will table another motion for Christmas holidays if there is no U-turn.  Read the latest political news on our live blog here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/10/26/free-school-meals-boris-johnson-brexit-deal-latest-news/ Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ► https://bit.ly/3idrdLH

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