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Matt Hancock squirms as he's asked why he voted against free school meals

The Health Secretary appeared on Good Morning Britain to be quizzed by Piers and Susanna Reid

Matt Hancock was left unable to answer Piers Morgan after being accused of being 'shamed' into offering free schools meals by Marcus Rashford.

The health secretary appeared on Good Morning Britain to be quizzed by Piers and Susanna Reid on the vaccine roll-out.

However, the opportunity to speak to the government minister led to the ITV presenters asking him about the images of food parcels sent to families appearing on social media - provoking outrage among the public, campaigners and MPs.

It came after Twitter user Roadside Mum shared an image of a food parcel she received, estimated to contain around £5 worth of food.

"You have three children, do you know how much you spend a week on food for your family as a household?" Piers quizzed Mr Hancock on Wednesday's GMB.

He replied by saying he is 'spending most of his time in the office' and not 'had time to cook' so couldn't give an answer.

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Piers went on to explain the reason for his question, challenging the health secretary on the food parcel "scandal" which has erupted over the last 24 hours.

Education food service provider Chartwells has since apologised following the backlash.

"This is a complete disgrace, isn't it health secretary?" Piers asked.

The heath secretary was asked about the images of food parcels sent to families appearing on social media (Image: ITV)

In response, Mr Hancock said: "Absolutely. The company has apologised for what it sent out and I'm really glad this surfaced on social media.

"Some people complain about social media but I think this is one of the upsides of it."

The GMB host continued to challenge Mr Hancock on whether he has addressed the company and what they are delivering to the "poorest children" in the country.

"I want to see high quality food," Mr Hancock said. "I'm really glad that we're able to send out food for those who receive free school meals when schools are in and I'm really glad we're able to do that when schools are out."

Piers then responded to ask Mr Hancock a "difficult question" on why he voted against the continuation of free school meals during the pandemic.

Mr Hancock refused to answer if he regretted voting against free school meals (Image: ITV)

"Well I'm really glad we were able to put it into place," Mr Hancock replied.

When challenged again, he said: "The reason I am glad now is because we have been able to sort that and put it into place."

Susanna chimed in: "No thanks to you," before Piers hit back: "Let's be honest, you got shamed into it by a footballer, a young football player with a conscience, who managed to prick the conscience of you and the government.

"Do you regret voting against it?"

He added: "You wouldn't have done it without Marcus Rashford."

But Mr Hancock refused to answer whether he regretted voting against it.

"I'm really glad that the situation has been resolved," the health secretary repeated.

And viewers had a lot to say about the exchange.

"Well done @piersmorgan - got Matt Hancock on the ropes #GMB," wrote one.

Another said: "Piers Morgan making Matt Hancock squirm like no tomorrow #GMB."

"Matt Hancock refusing to say he regrets voting against free school meals for the country’s hungriest kids. Disgusting. @piersmorgan #GMB," added a third.

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