MANCHESTER United star and poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE has said children will be going to bed “thinking they do not matter” after shameful Tory MPs voted down his bid to extend free school meals over the holidays.
MPs voted on the issue Wednesday, October 21 after the Labour motion was debated in the Commons. It called for the scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021, to help feed more than 1.4 million hungry children in vulnerable families in the UK.
In shameful scenes, Tories voted down the motion, which was defeated by 322 votes to 261, leading Child Poverty Action Group to say “We’ve reached a low point” with the Government hiding from its “moral responsibility”.
Rashford slammed the situation, claiming that this is “not politics, this is humanity,” headlining his tweet with the words “Time we worked together.”
Time we worked together. pic.twitter.com/xFPsgBiPQC
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 21, 2020
The player is begging politicians to “unite” to protect the most vulnerable children and vowed to continue campaigning, writing on Twitter,
“For as long as they don’t have a voice, they will have mine.”
Marcus said on Twitter, “Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics and let’s focus on the reality.
“A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today.
“We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity.”
“We talk about the devastating impact of Covid-19 but, if projections are anything to go by, child food poverty has the potential to become the greatest pandemic the country has ever faced,” he wrote.