/Marcus Rashford says Boris Johnson school meals U-turn is just the start

Marcus Rashford says Boris Johnson school meals U-turn is just the start

Campaigning Marcus Rashford has said he wants to continue to do more for people in need after his free school meals victory.

The England and Manchester United star is already planning his next move after forcing Boris Johnson into a U-turn over children’s food vouchers.

Following pressure from Rashford, Downing Street announced a one-off £120million fund which will help 1.3million children in England over the six-week summer school break.

Rashford’s campaign has earned him plaudits from around the world. And a banner proclaiming ‘Rashford 1 Boris 0’ has been hung from a road sign in Wythenshawe, the area of Manchester where the striker grew up.

He said yesterday: “I’m just happy people’s lives, and people’s summers especially, have been changed for the better.”

Marcus Rashford said his campaign had ‘bought six weeks of time’ but added, ‘I don’t want this to be the end of it’
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But he added: “I think this is only going to be successful throughout the summer period.

“So we’ve bought ourselves six weeks of time now to plan and figure out what’s next… I don’t want this to be the end of it, because there are definitely more steps that need to be taken.”

Rashford, 22, has spoken about his family’s reliance on free school meals when he was a youngster.

On Monday, he wrote to ask the Government to reverse its decision not to award free school meals vouchers to vulnerable children outside term time.

And he has helped raise £20m with charity FareShare to supply meals to struggling families, donating about £60,000 himself.

Rashford is now joint-favourite to win sports personality of the year, along with boxer Tyson Fury.

But despite his fame, Health Secretary Matt Hancock managed to get his name wrong on Wednesday, calling him “Daniel” while speaking on Sky News.

A banner in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester where United striker Rashford grew up
(Image: Stella Pictures)

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Hancock later blamed the live TV blunder on watching Harry Potter – played by Daniel Radcliffe.

The Health Secretary told LBC: “I don’t know, maybe I had Harry Potter on the mind.”

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