Lancashire County Council voted to ban supplying its schools and premises 'halal' meat from animals which had not been stunned before slaughter – with the exemption of poultry.

The decision followed an unruly debate on the controversial issue sparked by the authority's Tory leader Geoff Driver.

On a free vote, councillors voted 41 for the ban, 24 against with 15 abstentions.

The decision by the authority's full council meeting will order its suppliers to provide only 'halal' beef and lamb from animals stunned before slaughter.

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