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Rashford accuses ministers of turning a blind eye to vulnerable children to free meals


English ace Marcus Rashford says children will "go to bed hungry and worthless" tonight when he beat up MPs for rejecting plans to offer free school meals during the Easter break.

The Manchester United striker, who was a strong activist on the matter, slammed on Twitter when a Labor motion to extend the system was rejected by 322 votes to 261 – a majority of 61.

It was the most recent setback in his plea for the government to fund hot meals for the neediest children during the coronavirus lockdown.

According to the division list, five Conservative MPs rebelled in support of the motion.

They were: Caroline Ansell (Eastbourne), Robert Halfon (Harlow), Jason McCartney (Colne Valley), Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot) and Holly Mumby-Croft (Scunthorpe).

Rashford hit social media tonight and wrote, “Put aside the noise, the digs, the party politics and let's focus on the reality.

“A significant number of children not only go to bed hungry tonight, but also feel that they don't matter because of the comments made today.

“We must stop stigmatizing, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are tarnished by political affiliation.

"This is not politics, this is humanity."

Marcus Rashford took to Twitter today after scoring the late winner in which Man Utd beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 last night (pictured). He turned to the government by calling on his 3.4 million Twitter followers to stand up for their MPs

Rashford added that child food poverty "has the potential to become the largest pandemic the country has ever faced".

“We need to work together and join forces to protect our most vulnerable children. No more adhesive plasters. Let's face it, ”he said.

He said the Child Poverty Task Force's requirements remain the same, adding, “Following private and public approaches, I re-invite Number 10 to sit down with the Task Force so we can work together on how best to fight Child poverty in the UK. & # 39;

Labor had attempted today to use the Commons vote to call for the extension of free school meals over every school vacation from October to Easter 2021 and appeared to have won the support of some rebellious Tories, including Mr Halfon, Chairman of the Commons Education Committee, who said the program should run through at least spring.

Vice-Chair Angela Rayner tweeted after the vote: “Tonight I voted to feed the vulnerable and needy children of our country.

The Tories voted to starve them.

“I voted for workers in trouble in restricted areas to get 80% of their income.

& # 39; The Tories voted against.

"That's all you need to know."

It came after a minister yesterday insisted that people would rather pay than accept the handout "label".

Just hours after scoring the late winner in which Man Utd beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 last night, Mr Rashford turned the government around with a blowtorch this morning by tweeting his 3.4 million before voting – urged supporters to stand up for their MPs.

"We are paying close attention today to the commons and those willing to ignore the needs of our most vulnerable children. 2.2 million of them are currently qualifying for free school meals," he said.

Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker, however, angrily replied: "Nobody is going to turn a blind eye and it is wrong to say that someone would."

Mr. Rashford replied, “At least turn on your comments and let me reply to Steve. I am very happy to talk to you about it. & # 39;

Mansfield Tory MP Ben Bradley came in later and said, "We're doing A LOT to help the most vulnerable children, but bigger and bigger giveaways are a sticking plaster, not a solution."

Tory Minister Paul Scully told the BBC that "children under a Labor government have been starving for years" and insisted that the government address the problem.

In the House of Commons, Boris Johnson continued to oppose calls for a change of direction.

"We support low-income children in school and we will continue to do so," he told MPs when asked by the Prime Minister.

But he got caught in a spit with former Brexit Minister Steve Baker, who said: "Nobody is going to turn a blind eye and it is wrong to say that anyone would."

But he got caught up in a spit with former Brexit Minister Steve Baker, who said: "Nobody is going to turn a blind eye and it is wrong to say that anyone would."

“But the most important thing is to keep her in school and not to be demolished into some other national lock that will get her out of school.

"We will continue to use the benefit system and all income systems to support children during the holidays."

A parliamentary petition launched by the English star calling for food to be provided during all holidays and for free school meals to be extended to all households with universal credit has garnered around 300,000 signatures since it launched late last week.

Mr. Rashford, an MBE named for his services to vulnerable children, forced the government to turn around during the summer vacation to free school meal vouchers for eligible students.

The fact that his petition has attracted more than 100,000 signatures means that it must now be considered for debate by MPs, according to the guidelines of the parliamentary petition.

Deputy union leader Angela Rayner said the government was more likely to spend money on advisors than on school children living in districts designated as Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid-19 alert areas during the coronavirus pandemic.

"This vote is about our values ​​as a country and whether the government likes to starve our children in the middle of this crisis," she added.

Mr Halfon previously said he could support a Labor motion calling for an extension to next Easter in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

"I will either vote for the motion or abstain, depending on what the government says," he told BBC Radio 4 Today.

Robert Halfon, chair of the Commons Education Committee, said the meal program should run through at least spring and threatened to support Labor in a vote today

Robert Halfon, chair of the Commons Education Committee, said the meal program should run through at least spring and threatened to support Labor in a vote today

He added, “The government needs to have a long-term plan, sit down with the task force set up by Marcus Rashford, and actually work out a serious plan and budget to resolve this issue.

All statistics show that families have problems. We know that food insecurity affects 10% of families.

"I'm not saying this should happen forever, but the free school meals should at least last until, God willing, we are out of the coronavirus next spring."

Devon MP Anne Marie Morris said she would also support the work plan.

"The ongoing pandemic has hit many across Teignbridge hard and has created significant economic difficulties for many," she said.

I therefore support the proposal to continue direct funding for FSM over the school holidays until Easter 2021.

Devon MP Anne Marie Morris said she would also support the work plan.

Devon MP Anne Marie Morris said she would also support the work plan.

& # 39; This temporary measure is a perfectly reasonable answer when we consider the economic impact of Covid-19. In the longer term, I think it is right that those entitled are supported by the Holidays & Activities Food Program and the Universal Credit System. & # 39;

However, Downing Street was reluctant to expand the program. A spokesman said last Thursday that ministers would not offer free school meals to children in England during the Christmas break.

Yesterday, Millionaire Trade Minister Nadhim Zahari insisted that parents in trouble would rather pay than accept the "label" attached to the flyer.

He said Universal Credit benefits were available to help families in need, and suggested that research from vacation clubs shows parents prefer to pay a small amount for groceries.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, “The investigation when we did the pilot shows that families didn't just want meals.

“Although they valued the meals, they didn't like it when they were labeled as free. They actually prefer to pay a modest amount, £ 1 or £ 2. & # 39;

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