Marcus Rashford Hits Back At Tory MP Who Called Free School Meals ‘Freebies’

Paul Waugh
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England footballer Marcus Rashford has hit back at a Tory MP who described free school meals for poorer children as “freebies” that increase “dependency” on the state.

The Manchester United striker responded to backbencher Ben Bradley as Labour stepped up the pressure on Boris Johnson to extend support for disadvantaged children over the school holidays during the Covid pandemic.

With a crunch Commons vote on the issue due on Wednesday evening, the prime minister repeatedly refused to say whether he would U-turn and offer new cash over the winter.

Bradley tried to defend the government with a tweet in which he said: “We’re doing a lot to help the most vulnerable children, but ever-extending freebies are a sticking plaster not a solution.”

In a Twitter exchange with Rashford, the Mansfield MP also said: “Not as simple as you to make out Marcus. Extending FSM to school holidays passes responsibility...

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