Marcus Rashford has lost his bid to get free school meals for the nation’s most impoverished kids during the winter.
The Manchester United footballer has been campaigning to keep vulnerable children fed in a clash with the government that has been ongoing now for months.
The government has come to learn a lot about the stubborn, steadfast spirit of Manchester this week.
On one side, we’ve got the Mayor, council and hospitality sector angrily rejecting new restrictions and squaring off against health ministers for a “fairer” deal, and on the other, Marcus Rashford has been repeatedly booting a ball against Downing Street’s door demanding more support to tackle child food poverty.
However, tonight, despite his efforts, his plea was dismissed for good, after a Labour motion to extend free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 was voted down by 322 votes to 261, majority 61.
It comes after the England striker set up a petition demanding the Government take action to end child poverty, and in just two days, more than 250,000 signatures had been collected.
But, if the below statement just posted to Twitter is anything to go by, Manchester United’s star striker remains undeterred, and knows the battle is only just beginning.
Rashford, who has been made an MBE for his services to vulnerable children, today urged his 3.4 million Twitter followers to lobby their MPs ahead of tonight’s vote – but that battle has now been lost.
Rashford, who scored the winning goal in a crucial Champions League game last night, stated: “These children are the future of this country. They are not just a statistic.
“And for as long as they don’t have a voice, they will have mine. You have my word on that.”
We feel it’s important to sign off on that note.