Boris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals

Boris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals

Boris Johnson has rejected Marcus Rashford’s latest campaign to extend free school meals.

The Manchester United star launched a new petition today urging the government to end child food poverty.

It comes after Marcus Rashford, from Wythenshawe, forced the government into a spectacular U-turn with his campaign to provide free school meals during the summer holidays.

He was even announced as an MBE recipient in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week for his efforts.


The footballer’s latest call was for vouchers to be distributed for October’s half-term break and at Christmas.

But the Prime Minister’s spokesman has said his success the first time will not be repeated, insisting: “We are in a different position now,” the Independent reports.

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Marcus urged the public to pledge support to the #endchildfoodpoverty campaign with the petition already racking up more than 60,000 signatures.

To be considered for debate in Parliament it needs 100,000 supporters.

The 22-year-old has vowed not to give up the fight.

In response to the news, the United star tweeted: “Merry Christmas kids…

“It’s also not for food banks to feed millions of British children but here we are. 250% increase in food poverty and rising… This is not going away anytime soon and neither am I…”

Previously, Marcus has said: “For too long this conversation has been delayed.

“Child food poverty in the UK is not a result of Covid-19. We must act with urgency to stabilise the households of our vulnerable children.

“In 2020, no child in the UK should be going to bed hungry, nor should they be sat in classrooms concerned about how their younger siblings are going to eat that day, or how they are going to access food come the holidays.

“The school holidays used to be a highlight of the year for children.”

But today “it is met with anxiety from those as young as seven-years old.”

Culled from Manchester Evening News

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