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UK health secretary Matt Hancock said he could have had “Harry Potter in mind” when he was wrong, praised “Daniel Rashford” for his work on free school meals.Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford spearheaded a campaign to extend the children’s diet food voucher into the summer holidays, which forced a change in policy with a £ 120m fund to feed 1.3 million children in England during the six week break.

Denying the government has embarrassed U-turn on the subject, Hancock told Sky News on Wednesday morning, “Right-handed, I’ll tell you what happened. The Prime Minister spoke to Daniel Rashford, reviewed and made his decision – I think it’s great. “


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The minister later said LBC radio station his child addicted to the JK Rowling novels may have been to blame for the underpants and that “maybe I had Harry Potter in mind”.

The young wizard was played by Daniel Radcliffe in the film of book adaptations.

Hancock added: “Mon, seven, is listening to Harry Potter and the Harry Potter bed eagerly, including at 5:30 am this morning, when I got to do this morning, the media going round.”

He suggested it had been “too early in the morning” and laughed as he told the BBC Breakfast program: “I completely misspoke.”

In England, the 22-year-old Rashford striker appeared to joke about the incident, responding on Twitter saying “I have been called to much worse in the past two days” with a laughing face emoji.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 program today, Hancock has refused to apologize to footballers about his past call to “play their part” in the coronavirus response.

He said, “I think the way Marcus Rashford ran this campaign was just exemplary. I’m really proud of him. ”

Asked about his previous Premier League call, footballers contribute to the Covid-19 response amid concerns over the seniority regime, Hancock said: “I think it was absolutely great and I think it absolutely played its role. I owe him thanks. ”



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