Marcus Rashford calls out Tory MP after his remarks on child poverty were branded ‘disgusting’

Louis Staples
Monday 07 September 2020 05:45
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Marcus Rashford has been influential off the field(Getty)

A Conservative MP has been called out by footballer Marcus Rashford for saying it was a "parent's job to feed their children".

Kevin Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, was originally tweeting about the success of the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Then one user replied asking why it took a campaign from Rashford to prompt a government U-turn on providing free lunch vouchers to children over the school holidays

The person said:

Whilst we're discussing food, why does it take footballer @MarcusRashford to make a stand for the hungry children in our society? Is that not the Government's job?

To which Hollinrake replied:

Then Rashford responded directly.

The Manchester United player was congratulated by prime minister Boris Johnson earlier this summer after successfully campaigning for the government to extend free school meals. He also recently joined forces with some of the biggest food brands to create a taskforce to try and cut child food poverty.

Rashford’s response was widely commended on social media.

While the MP’s comments didn’t go down so well.

Although some people did agree with the MP.

Before coronavirus hit, child poverty had risen to record levels in the UK, with some estimates suggesting that 37 per cent of children could be living in poverty.

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