Boris Johnson news - live: No 10 admits free school meals ‘unacceptable’ as fish prices collapse after Brexit

Liam James,Rory Sullivan and Andy Gregory
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The government has condemned the contents of free school meal parcels given to disadvantaged schoolchildren as “completely unacceptable”, after pictures of the meagre packages – supposed to be worth £30 – caused an outcry on social media.

The Department for Education will tell the company responsible that “boxes like this should not be given to families”, Downing Street said, as campaigners including Marcus Rashford and MPs from both main parties criticised the parcels — with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calling them “woefully inadequate” — and demanded answers over their funding.

Meanwhile, Scottish fish exporters are warning that prices are “collapsing” by up to 80 per cent due to Brexit red tape and bureaucracy. And Priti Patel is set to hold a press conference this evening to outline the government’s latest stance on lockdown rules after Boris Johnson’s bike ride led to further confusion over the meaning of “stay local”.