Piers Morgan Tells Matt Hancock 'You Were Shamed Into Free School Meals'
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Piers Morgan told Matt Hancock that he was 'shamed into free school meals'.
The Health Secretary appeared on Good Morning Britain today (13 January) after heartbreaking images were shared online showing the meal packs that were sent out to parents to feed their children.
A family rocked by the Covid-19 pandemic were shocked to receive a free school meals hamper that was supposed to amount to £30, but contained just £7.20 worth of food - including a cup of undated tuna.
Speaking to Mr Hancock, Piers asked him - many times - why he voted against the government continuing the provision of free school meals outside term time last year and if he regretted his decision to do so.
However, the politician refused to answer.
Mr Hancock said: "Well, I'm really glad we were able to put it (free school meals) into place."
Interrupting him, Piers then asked again why he voted against it.
And this was his answer.
"Because, err, the reason I'm glad now is because we've been able to sort that out and put it in place," Mr Hancock said.
But Piers and Susanna Reid were having none of it.
"The reason you're glad now is because you got shamed. Let's be honest, you got shamed into it by a football player, a young football player with a conscience, who managed to prick the conscience of you and the government," Piers hit back.
Asking again: "Do you regret now, given how glad you are that it's now happening, do you regret voting against it?"
To which Mr Hancock replied: "Well, of course, I'm pleased that we're making sure that we're... "
Interrupting again, Piers said: "But hang on, it's a very important question, because you wouldn't have done it without Marcus Rashford campaigning.
"My question for you is, given how glad you now are that it's happening, do you regret voting against it? It's a yes or no."
3 days of food for 1 family...
Just not good enough. pic.twitter.com/Y7FJEFFAma
- Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 11, 2021
But again, the Health Secretary just didn't want to answer.
He said: "As you say, I'm really glad that it's happening now... err, I'll put it this way. In the first lockdown, we took this action, and now... "
"Health Secretary, you either have to say yes or no, you either regret it or you don't," blasted Piers.
To which Mr Hancock again replied: "Well, I'm really glad that the situation has been resolved."
"So you regret voting against it?" prodded Piers.
Mr Hancock said: "I'm really glad it's been resolved. We've sorted it out, and err, I'm gonna use my own words to describe my own feelings on this one."
Piers replied: "So you won't answer the question?"
"Well, it's that I'm answering the question, err, and I'm really glad we've sorted the situation out," Mr Hancock replied.
But clearly not satisfied, Piers hit back: "Well, let's hope we don't have to rely, as we have to this week, on Marcus Rashford."