A "de facto ban" has been imposed on kosher and halal meat in cafeterias and restaurants in Parliament, which flies in the face of government policy on non-stun slaughter, the JC can reveal.

The "ban" was imposed by catering staff after consultation with animal rights groups. Jewish and Muslim groups have not previously been made aware of the decision and it is not clear how long the policy has been in place.

It came to light after enquiries made by Jay Stoll, the senior parliamentary assistant to Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn.

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