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Sunday 22nd April 2012 | 14:36
Labour Press Release
Sharon Hodgson, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families responding to reports in today's Observer on school meals said:
"Ministers know that children concentrate and learn better when they have had a filling and nutritious meal, and for many children their school lunch might be the only hot meal they get that day, yet Michael Gove has purposely set about destroying the healthy legacy that Jamie Oliver and everyone in the sector worked so hard to build.
"First they scrapped the dedicated school lunch grant to subsidise healthy and fresh meals, and then they exempted thousands of primary and secondary schools from having to provide them.
"Michael Gove is throwing away years of hard work, research and achievement to improve our children's health for purely ideological reasons, and without any mandate from parents."