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Robert Jenrick challenged on whether he regrets extending free school meals

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick faced questions about his decision to vote against extending free school meals.

Following a discussion about the newly named Supporting Families programme, Mr Jenrick was asked by Alex Beresford and Kate Garraway about whether he regretted voting against the extension of free school meals.

"Let's not get distracted on that. That was a parliamentary vote in the house of Commons. The vote itself I'm talking about, not the issue because the issue is clearly very important. The vote itself was what is called an opposition day debate in parliament which doesn't change government policy, it's an opportunity for other political parties to make a statement."

Insisting that "tackling the issue of child hunger and poverty is absolutely critical", Mr Jenrick said: "It's always important but it's going to be even more so with all the stresses and strains we've seen in family life over the course of the pandemic. I've always believed in ensuring that children get the support they need."

"I think we've come up with a good package now which provides millions of pounds of support both when children are in school and out of term time as well," he added.

Watch the full interview above.

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