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The backroom deal that led to infant free school meals

Teachers back government scheme that cost billions – but has it worked?

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The story of why every infant in England is entitled to a free school meal has all the ingredients of a Westminster sitcom: high politics and low farce, “moaning” headteachers and an electoral thunderbolt that no one saw coming, all sprinkled with a light dusting of celebrity.

The way former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg tells it in his memoirs, it all started when Michael Gove “stumbled across” Henry Dimbleby, cookery writer and founder of the Leon restaurant chain, on a holiday in Marrakech.

Gove, then education secretary, commissioned Dimbleby and his business partner John Vincent to ...

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