Marcus Rashford has blasted Tory MPs after they decided to reject Labour's motion to give free school meals to children
Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford is furious after a Labour motion to extend free school meals for children until Easter 2021. The England striker took it to Twitter showing all his fury.
Marcus Rashford in a row with Tory MPs
The footballer was furious after the motion was rejected. His tweet read: “Paying close attention to the Commons today and to those who are willing to turn a blind eye to the needs of our most vulnerable children”. The athlete was often praised by his followers for his attention to food poverty among children.
Paying close attention to the Commons today and to those who are willing to turn a blind eye to the needs of our most vulnerable children, 2.2M of them who currently qualify for Free School Meals. 42% newly registered. Not to mention the 1.5M children who currently don’t qualify.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 21, 2020
After Rashford announced he was ‘to oversee the FSM motion vote in the Commons on Wednesday’; he was immediately contested by Steve Baker, former Brexit minister and by Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield, who responded with a tweet saying “extending freebies are a sticking plaster, not a solution”. Labour’s motion to extend free school meals until Easter 2021 was defeated by 261 votes to 322. The FSM vote was called by the Labour party who had announced: “this House calls on the government to continue directly funding provision of free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 to prevent over a million children going hungry during this crisis.”
According to Labour, almost a million children in England will be enormously affected by the lockdown and losing their free school meals will be devastating. Footballer Marcus Rashford who recently became an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, responded to the Tory MPs’ tweets saying “1,5 million children have little to no access to food resources” and that he is only “asking to work together to protect our most vulnerable children”.