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Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families, responding to Jamie Oliver's concerns over the state of school dinners, said:

"Once again, this out-of-touch Education Secretary is just crossing his fingers and hoping for the best when it comes to the health and education of our children.

"Ministers know that children concentrate and learn better when they have had a filling and nutritious meal, and for many children their school lunch might be the only time they get that. Yet, they purposely set about destroying the healthy legacy that Jamie Oliver and everyone in the sector worked so hard to build.

"First they scrapped the dedicated grant to subsidise healthy and fresh meals, and then they exempted thousands of primary and secondary schools from having to provide them. Michael Gove is effectively throwing away years of hard work and achievement in driving up standards for purely ideological reasons, and without any mandate from parents."

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