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28 January 2016, 15:45
Jeremy Corbyn's backed a Darlington Headteacher who says parents should stop doing the school run in their pyjamas.
But the Labour leader said how they dressed was less important than making sure their children arrived on time and were well fed.
Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, made the appeal after she had noticed an increase in the number of parents wearing nightwear to the school gates and even to school assemblies and meetings.
Asked about the issue during a visit to Middlesbrough, Mr Corbyn said:
"I wouldn't do it myself, I'd advise people to wear a coat and put some proper clothes on - it gets cold out there.
I've got a lot of sympathy for that teacher, but I wouldn't get too hung up about the whole thing.
The most important thing is to get the kids into school, the most important thing is to get them there on time, the most important thing is to make sure they have breakfast before they go to school, that they can concentrate when they're there, and they've slept the night before.''