Manchester United star Marcus Rashford vows to fight MPs stance on free school meal plan
This comes after the MPs voted against a measure to extend free school meals over the holidays.
Rashford has urged politicians to stop stigmatising and pointing fingers. He pointed out that their decision will see a significant number of children will go to bed hungry.
“For as long as they don’t have a voice, they will have mine.”
The English international was awarded an MBE for his work in tackling child poverty during the coronavirus pandemic. He has now called on people to unite to protect the most vulnerable children in society.
Rashford released a statement after Labour’s motion. In it, he called for the scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021. This was however was defeated by 261 votes to 322.
According to the report, five Conservative MPs rebelled to support the motion. This included Education Select Committee chairman Robert Halfon. However, it was not enough.
Reacting to the vote, Rashford has urged for party politics to be put aside and focus on the real issues at hand.
“Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics and let’s focus on the reality.”
He went on to add that child poverty could turn into the biggest pandemic that the country has sen. Given that we are currently experiencing the worst such event in a century, the English forward’s comments are chilling.
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Rashford is well withing his rights as a social figure to voice his opinion on the matter. While he may not have a politician’s know-how , he clearly has a conscience.
The different between right and wrong need not be grey. Rashford has shown that you can choose to do the right thing. Hopefully those with the power to make a positive change will follow suit.