Boris Johnson makes U-turn on free school meals vouchers

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‘Covid summer food fund’ announced after pressure from campaigners including footballer Marcus Rashford

Boris Johnson has executed a humiliating U-turn over free school meals for the poorest families over the summer, announcing a new £120m voucher scheme after pressure from footballer Marcus Rashford.

Just hours before Labour was due to force a vote on the issue in the House of Commons, risking a rebellion from Conservative backbenchers, the prime minister’s official spokesman announced a new £120m “Covid summer food fund”.

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