MPs have voted against Labour's motion to extend free school meals over school holidays until Easter 2021.

The motion was defeated by 322 votes to 261 - a majority of 61 - in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The bid was the idea of England football star Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United player urged politicians to "unite" to protect the most vulnerable children and vowed to continue campaigning, writing on Twitter: "For as long as they don't have a voice, they will have mine."

Downing Street ruled out performing a late U-turn ahead of the vote, with Boris Johnson also telling Prime Minister's Questions: "We support kids on low incomes in school and we will continue to do so.

"But the most important thing is to keep them in school and not tear off into another national lockdown taking them out of school.

"We will continue to use the benefits system and all the systems of income to support children throughout the holidays as well."

Warrington North Labour MP Charlotte Nichols voted in favour of the motion. Warrington South Conservative Andy Carter voted against.

Five Conservatives voted with the opposition.

Ms Nichols spoke during the debate.

In her speech she paid tribute to the work of Warrington Foodbank, The Station House Foodbank and Friends of Meadowside in supporting the 4,500 children in Warrington North who are eligible for Free School Meals.

Afterwards she said: “Listening to the debate, I was reminded why I came into politics- it was upsetting to hear negative stereotypes and a lack of empathy for those struggling from Government MPs who just don't understand.

"I am bitterly disappointed and downright disgusted that this motion was voted down by Conservative MPs but I will continue to fight to ensure that no child in Warrington goes to bed hungry.”