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MP confesses she went to the chippy instead of eating school dinners

Elizabeth Truss. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss today admitted she did not eat school dinners - because a lollipop lady helped her reach a nearby chip shop instead.

The education minister reminisced about her youth and confessed pupils benefited from the "special" helper used by her primary school.

The government has pledged to introduce free school meals for every five to seven-year-old in England in an attempt to improve the health of pupils and raise performance.

But speaking during a debate on teaching assistants, Ms Truss said: "I didn't actually eat school dinners at my primary school.

"There was a chip shop over the road and the school provided a special lollipop lady to take us to the chip shop at lunchtime instead.

"So I didn't avail myself with the services of the school dinnerladies at the time, but lollipop ladies were also a very important part of our school infrastructure."