Chancellor is locked in a blame game with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

Now it's knives out for Rishi Sunak: Chancellor is locked in a blame game with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson over free school meals row Rishi Sunak locked in blame game with Gavin Williamson over school meals   The Chancellor has increasingly become the focus of attacks by Opposition Allies of Mr Sunak hit out at suggestions he was responsible for blocking extension of scheme 

By John Stevens Deputy Political Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:18 GMT, 26 October 2020 | Updated: 22:20 GMT, 26 October 2020

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Rishi Sunak was locked in a bitter blame game with Gavin Williamson over the row on free school meals last night.

Allies of the Chancellor furiously hit out at suggestions that Mr Sunak was responsible for blocking the extension of the scheme to the October half term holidays.

Instead, they pointed the finger at Mr Williamson, the Education Secretary, who they insisted had not put forward a spending proposal for approval.

It came as Mr Sunak became the target of online attack adverts which blamed him for the Government's refusal to perform a U-turn. 

Rishi Sunak, who has increasingly become the focus of attacks by Opposition supporters, was locked in a bitter blame game with Gavin Williamson over the row on free school meals

Rishi Sunak, who has increasingly become the focus of attacks by Opposition supporters, was locked in a bitter blame game with Gavin Williamson over the row on free school meals 

A group headed by a former Labour campaign chief used a slick campaign video to denounce the Chancellor's family wealth.

Mr Sunak has increasingly become the focus of attacks by Opposition supporters amid speculation he could become the next Tory leader.

In a tweet accompanying the video, campaign group One Rule For Them wrote: 'This man is leading the fight within Government against Marcus Rashford's campaign to feed disadvantaged kids in the school holidays. Rishi Sunak, a man of the people? You decide.'

The group was founded by Adam McNicholas who worked as a Labour campaign director in the run up to the 2017 general election. 

He has pledged to use US-style election attack adverts 'take the fight to the Tories in 'Red Wall' seats between now and the next general election'.

In an article in The Times last month, he boasted about his desire to use dirty tactics. 

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