PRIDE of Britain Marcus Rashford exposed Matt Hancock’s lies on Twitter relating to Free School Meals after the Tory Health Secretary claimed the Manchester United Player and the Prime Minister had been communicating on the issue.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast Hancock defended the Governments decision of Free School Meals claiming that they had added £20 a week to Universal Credit amid the Pandemic (£80 a month) – he said that he supported Marcus Rashford’s campaign despite voting down the bill.
The Health Secretary said he had been looking Rashford’s Twitter Feed in which the Man U player had been tweeting locations and restaurants that had offered free school meals over half term.
"Of course no child should go hungry"
On #BBCBreakfast the Health Secretary Matt Hancock says central government has "put in extra money" and he supports businesses who are "stepping up to the plate"https://t.co/5WerwksVRF pic.twitter.com/agOiym5K5E
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) October 26, 2020
He told the BBC “Of course no child should go hungry” and argued that the Government had “put in extra money” amid the Pandemic.
He also said he he supported businesses who are “stepping up to the plate” despite one Tory MP Selaine Saxby making ridiculous comments on the issue.
She posted on Facebook: “I am delighted our local businesses have bounced back so much after lockdown they are able to give away food for free, and very much hope they will not be seeking any further government support.”
Hancock told BBC Breakfast that “There has been communication between the two [PM]” on the issue of Free School Meals and Child Poverty.
In a stunning turn of events Rashford hit Social Media claiming that he had only received one call following the Tory U-Turn in June 2020.
Hmm, unless he’s referring to the call we had following the u-turn in June?… https://t.co/QSwmyETN7x
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 26, 2020
The comments add even further petrol to the Free School Meals fire as a growing Tory revolt intensifies.
TORY FOOD FIGHT
TORY MPs are set to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to U-Turn on his “disastrous” and “shockingly inept” decision to stop food provision for some of Britain’s poorest kids amid the School Holidays after Labour took a two-point lead in the polls.
The Daily Telegraph reported last night that 100 Conservative lawmakers were concerned at what was described as a “political disaster” over Free School Meals.
Labour vowed to force the Government to U-turn on the plans as they overtook Britain’s ruling party in an Opinium poll released on Saturday night.
Tim Loughton MP, a former Tory minister and MP for East Worthing and Shoreham told The Telegraph that he would vote with Labour to give free meals to some of the most vulnerable kids in society.
“It is not a question of voting with Labour. It is actually voting for what is right” he said.
“I think it is right to carry on free school cover.”
He compared Free School Meals to the NHS and said: “it can do no wrong.”
“I just don’t think it was worth the argument: not spending £20 million on further extending the school meal cover over the coming half term was just politically a mistake.” Tim added.
Another MP, who did not wish to be named said: “The clock is ticking. I am not with you unless you come up with something better.”
Sir Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex is also set to force the Government to make a U-Turn as plans are underway to provide free school meals provision over the Christmas break.