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The government’s free schools meal fiasco reveals the Conservative Party’s greatest weakness

Ministers claim there is “no money” for another extension to free school meals in England, but this is not a question of affordability. It is one of priorities

By Rachel Sylvester  

The England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford did not hold back on Wednesday night, after MPs voted down plans to extend free school meals in England over the half term and Christmas holidays. Children would go to bed “not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter”, he told his 3.5 million Twitter followers. “This is not…

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