‘These kids matter’ … Marcus Rashford reacts after proposal to extend free school meals fails


Marcus Rashford has said he will continue to campaign to end child food poverty after an unsuccessful attempt to extend free school meals for underprivileged young people during school holidays. The Labor Party presented a motion in the House of Commons, calling for support for the poorest children to be granted until Easter.

But tonight, the candidacy was rejected in Parliament, with 261 votes in favor and 322 against.

Manchester United striker Rashford, who played in the club’s win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, took to Twitter to warn that the problem “has the potential to become the biggest pandemic to which the country has never been confronted ”.

His campaign previously forced the government to turn around and extended the provision of free school meals during the summer holidays.

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Rashford said: “These kids matter. These children are the future of this country. They are not just another statistic. And as long as they don’t have a voice, they will have mine. You have my word on this. ”

Earlier today, Boris Johnson refused to make another U-turn.

To questions from the Prime Minister, he said, “We support low income children in school and we will continue to do so.

“But the most important thing is to keep them in school and not tear them up in another national lockdown by removing them from school.

“We will continue to use the benefit system and all income systems to support children during the holidays as well. ”

On Twitter, the United star, 22, called on politicians to act for the sake of starving children.

He said, “Put aside all the noise, the searches, the party politics and let’s focus on the reality.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London. PA photo. Photo date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020. See PA story PMQ POLICY. Photo credit should read: House of Commons / PA Wire

“A significant number of children go to bed tonight not only hungry, but feeling like they don’t matter because of the comments that have been made today.

“We need to stop stigmatizing, judging and pointing fingers. Our opinions are clouded by political affiliation.

“It’s not politics, it’s humanity. ”

Earlier this month, Rashford, from Wythenshawe, received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honor list in recognition of his efforts.

During a debate in the House of Commons earlier, Conservative MP David Simmonds said, “What about the opposition’s priorities where all of their interests are simply swept aside in favor of wealth and power and celebrity status, spending tax dollars to curry favor? with celebrity status, wealth and power.

“Now I have no doubt that Mr Rashford is an expert on his own experience, but we must not forget that the experiences he so movingly described took place under a Labor government then supposed to be at the top of its powers to fight child poverty in this country. . ”

Reacting to the vote, Secretary of State for Education and Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston Kate Green said: “Boris Johnson and the Tories have let down over a million children and their families.

“No child should go hungry during the holidays, but the government is blocking the necessary measures to prevent that.

“We pay tribute to Marcus Rashford and others for shining the spotlight on this extremely important issue.

“This campaign is not over and the government must reconsider. “


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