Jewish representatives in London and Manchester have said they are "troubled" by the "dismissive attitude" of the leader of Lancashire County Council following its recent decision to ban non-mechanically stunned meat from schools.

Geoff Driver, 72, met a delegation from the Board of Deputies, Shechita UK and the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester this week to discuss the move, which has led to disquiet among both Jewish and Muslim communities.

It follows a council vote in late October to ban schools from serving non-stunned meat, with Driver describing it as "abhorrent" and "cruel". Lancashire currently supplies 27 schools with non-stunned meat, mostly halal, catering for 12,000 children who are served 1.2 million meals every year.

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