Luciana Berger has pledged every primary school will have a breakfast club if she becomes metro mayor.

She delivered the message during a visit to All Saints Church Of England Primary School on Church Street in Runcorn today to see how they run their Magic Breakfast club.

Ms Berger, who is in the running to be the Labour candidate for Liverpool City Region Mayor, which covers Halton, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley and Liverpool visited the scheme which provides a nutritious meal to pupils at 08.15am before their lessons started.

Luciana wants to make breakfast clubs available across the whole of the Liverpool city region, so every child can access a healthy meal before school.

She said: "There’s plenty of evidence that if a child has a decent breakfast, they can concentrate, they learn more, and do better at school.

"Across our region, 72,100 children live in poverty and are at risk of going to school hungry.

“I will work with businesses, charities and schools to create a region-wide breakfast and school holiday club so that every child in our region gets the best start in life."

As well as breakfast clubs in term time, Luciana Berger intends to ensure holiday clubs are provided during school holidays, so that a healthy diet is maintained during holidays.

Carmel McConnell, founder and CEO of Magic Breakfast, said: "Magic Breakfast was asked for support by 30 schools in the Liverpool City Region, and as a result now offers a healthy breakfast to around 1,500 children across the region every school day.

“We have a waiting list of 33 schools, with teachers in each saying there are children who arrive at school just too hungry to learn.

"I welcome the pledge by Luciana Berger to prioritise healthy Magic Breakfast support for local schools and also her plans to offer healthy school holiday support where it is most needed.

“This will mean more children are able to make the most of their lessons, more able to enjoy their summer.

“Every child growing up in Liverpool City Region deserves the chance of a successful life. I hope other Mayoral candidates follow suit."

Luciana Berger’s breakfast pledge is just one of the many commitments she is putting forward in her bid to become Labour’s candidate for the new role of City Region Mayor.

She launched her full manifesto last week.