Date published: Wednesday 17th June 2020 9:25
Liverpool have praised “remarkable role model” Marcus Rashford for winning his battle with the UK government to give school children free school meal vouchers during the summer holidays.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson announced the U-turn on Tuesday after rejecting Rashford’s proposal 24 hours earlier.
The Covid Summer Food Fund – worth £120million – will provide school meals for 1.3million pupils in England during the summer holidays.
Manchester United striker Rashford posted an emotional response to the decision on Twitter and Liverpool have also stepped in to congratulate him on his efforts.
The club wrote on Twitter: “Children in our region will benefit because of the actions of this remarkable role model.
“From Liverpool With Love.”
Rashford later posted a further message on his campaign, insisting that the campaign was “never about politics”.
He wrote: “This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard.
“I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right.
“There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight.
“The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority.”
Despite the campaign harbouring widespread support, Mr Johnson said he was unaware of Rashford’s efforts until Tuesday.
He insisted, however, that the government had made the right choice in continuing to support children.
RASHFORD’S QUICK CHANGE OF FOCUS
Rashford has also spent lockdown working with charity FareShare UK over his free school meals campaign.
However, his focus quickly changes this week when United return to Premier League action on Friday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side were the in-form team before the season’s suspension, going unbeaten in 11 straight matches.
They face a Tottenham side who had not won in six before the break.
Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov says the clash in north London is “so important“.