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MP: Free school meals for college students call

Halfon wants free school meals for college students Credit: PA

Essex MP has asked the Government to consider introducing free meals for college students.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon wants more resources to help poor students at sixth-form colleges. Speaking in a parliamentary debate yesterday he said:

"If they (students) go to school, they get free school meals, but if they go to a further education college, such as mine in Harlow that has 500 poor students who would otherwise be eligible, they are denied free school meals."

Fuel prices heading for record high

UK petrol sales have fallen to their lowest level in 23 years according to the government, and it's being put down to the rocketing cost of fuel.

By Easter it's predicted prices could reach record levels. According to the AA, petrol's already risen 6.24 pence per litre since January.

The increase means the average two-car family's monthly petrol cost has gone up by £13.25.

Petrol now stands at more than £1.38 a litre while diesel is at an average of £1.45 a litre. But here in East Anglia it's even more, making this region the most expensive in the country.

Robert Halfon, who's the MP for Harlow and has campaigned over the years to keep fuel prices down. See his interview on ITV News Anglia below.