A seven-year-old girl with a brain tumour has had her request to go on holiday during term-time refused by her school, a senior Labour MP has claimed.
Natascha Engel said the girl's father, who is separated from the girl's mother and lives 120 miles away, put in a request to the school but it was turned down because of new Government policy in what she described as a "distressing, individual case".
Ms Engel said: "The school has cited government legislation to say there will be no unauthorised absences.
"It sounds quite threatening, but the school has no option, this is what the rules are."
Under recent amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 Act, which came into force on 1st September 2013, headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.