England footballer Marcus Rashford has hailed the power of “kindness and compassion” after the Government U-turned over providing free meals to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holidays.
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England footballer Marcus Rashford and child poverty campaigners are celebrating after the Government U-turned over providing free meals to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holidays.
England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has welcomed the Government’s U-turn over providing free meals to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holidays.
Marcus Rashford said he “can’t stop smiling” as his petition to extend free meals into the school holidays passed one million signatures – while Boris Johnson’s handling of the campaign was separately branded a “disaster”.
Boris Johnson’s handling of the free school meals campaign spearheaded by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been branded a “disaster”.
Marcus Rashford has said he “can’t stop smiling” as his petition to extend free meals into the school holidays passed one million signatures.
A petition started by footballer Marcus Rashford to ensure children in need get free school meals during the holidays has reached a million signatures.
Police are investigating reports that a “Red Wall” Tory MP has been threatened with violence after he voted against free school meals for underprivileged children during the half-term holidays.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set a date for next month’s spending review, in which Downing Street has suggested he could announce extra support to feed families through the holidays.
A Conservative MP has been criticised for suggesting “chaotic parents” can be to blame for sending their children to school hungry so they are unable to concentrate.
The Scottish Conservatives are backing footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals in England, the party’s leader has said.
Ministers are examining how holiday clubs could be used to feed hungry youngsters in England in an effort to solve the free school meals row.
Schools have begun making preparations to ensure disadvantaged children do not go hungry over the Christmas holidays after the Government refused to extend free school meals during October half-term.
People and businesses right across the country have taken to social media to share how they have helped feed hungry children on the first day of half-term.
Boris Johnson is planning on giving local councils extra money to fund holiday clubs to solve the free school meals row, according to reports.
A Conservative MP has said he and family members have received death threats while his office has been vandalised after he voted against offering free meals to children during school holidays.
Ministers have defended the Government’s refusal to provide free school meals in England over half-term, insisting that families have already been offered generous support.
Boris Johnson insisted the Government would not allow children to go hungry amid mounting anger over his refusal to extend free school meals during the half-term break.
The debate over the Government’s provision of free school meals sounds like it is from Victorian times, according to George The Poet.
The owner of a running shop has banned a Tory MP for life for “voting to starve children”.
It was all hands on deck on Monday as communities across the UK offered free breakfasts, sandwiches and lunch bags to struggling school children.
Manchester United will provide 5,000 meals for vulnerable children over the October half-term holidays, the club have announced.
Boris Johnson insisted that no children would go hungry due to “inattention” by his Government as he faced a backlash over the refusal to provide free school meals in England over half-term.
Thousands of free meals will be provided to children by businesses, local authorities and community groups on the first day of half term as ministers faced a damaging grassroots Tory revolt over the issue.
Thousands of free meals will be provided to children by businesses, local authorities and community groups on the first day of half term as the Government faces a damaging revolt on the issue.
Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to increase funding for the poorest families over Christmas in an attempt to head off a damaging revolt over free school meals.
Scottish Conservative MPs will not take part in House of Commons votes that only apply to England after Douglas Ross came under fire for failing to support free school meals south of the border.
Labour is stepping up the pressure on the Government over free school meals, warning it will bring the issue back to the House of Commons if ministers do not relent in time for Christmas.
A Conservative MP has insisted a tweet which has prompted accusations that he was stigmatising working class families was “totally taken out of context”.
Headteachers have been left angry by a letter from ministers reminding them to provide pupils with nutritious food in school just days after MPs rejected a campaign to extend free meals to children during the holidays.