Today's debate on whether Lancashire County Council school meals should use 'halal' meat only from pre-stunned animals has been defended by the authority's leader.

Tory Geoff Driver has come under fire for reviving the issue which caused a boycott by thousands of Muslim children in 2012.

He said this morning: "This is an animal welfare issue, nothing more nothing less.

"The reason it has been raised now is because the contract for meat supplies is coming up for renewal.

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