Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has gained support from up and down the country as he recently started a campaign for children to be given free school meals over the summer. The England star’s pledge has hit headlines after raising millions of pounds himself as he calls on Boris Johnson and MPs to commit to the cause but is yet to be successful. The topic was subject to a heated outburst from GMB‘s Piers this morning as he too called on politicians, particularly Mr Johnson and Matt Hancock, to U-turn and back the footballer’s campaign.
Rashford shared an open letter to the government via social media yesterday in which he called for action to be taken for children who may go without food this summer.
The 22-year-old cited his own experiences growing up in similar circumstances and implored his followers to contact their local MPs with the campaign.
In the letter, Rashford claimed the move wasn’t anything to do with “partisan politics” and said the “system wasn’t made for families like his.”
Piers and Susanna both spoke out in support of the England star this morning, with the former beginning: “Well, Marcus Rashford has raised £20million for these causes.
“He’s not going to affect real government change. It’s a wider point though, isn’t it?
“Who the hell did Matt Hancock think he was? Lecturing footballers, not prepared to follow that himself.”
He added: “Wasn’t prepared to lose a single penny of his own salary. He’s been a total fiasco in this pandemic this Health Secretary.
“We have the worst record in the world in terms of death rate. We have the worst approval rating by our own people here in this country for how our government’s handled it.
“Let these kids get some food for the rest of the summer. That’s doing your bit!”
Susanna could be heard agreeing as her co-host continued: “And you know what, you could actually help a bit,
“Take a pay cut like your colleagues in New Zealand who have actually been fantastically successful in the pandemic.
“They’re crushing in New Zealand.”
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Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 06:16:00 +0000