Initially, Marcus Rashford had been met with resistance over his campaign to see struggling families provided with vouchers for school food. The British ministers originally said there would be no vouchers for school food.
The government had been warned about the issue for several weeks, but it took the 22-year-old England star’s determination to force the issue, and ultimately their hand.
The Manchester United striker then revealed that on Tuesday, after the government screaming U-turn on school meals during summer holidays, he spoke to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson’s own spokesman declared on Tuesday that the government would provide about £120 million worth of a COVID summer food fund, which would benefit about 1.3 million children.
Johnsonthat he was ignorant of the campaign up until Tuesday. It was surprising, coming from Johnson, considering his official spokesman had been aware on Monday lunchtime of Rashford’s campaign, where he had dismissed it.
Liberal Democrat candidate for leadership Layla Moran even labelled the PM’s claim as “Utterly Bizarre.”
During his public briefing on Tuesday, nonetheless, Johnson hailed Rashford, saying: “I spoke to Marcus Rashford earlier today to congratulate him on his campaign, which, to be honest, I only became aware of recently-well today.
“And I thank him for what he has done, I think he’s right to bring this issue to the attention.”
Speaking to the, Rashford has revealed that Johnson has thanked him for his tenacity and speaking out.
“I am grateful that his decision was changed by the Prime Minister,” he stated. “I was talking to him, and I just thanked him for that- it was a nice conversation. I felt like we got to understand each other. Obviously, he was just saying thank you for using what I’ve constructed in a positive way.”
The United forward, who returns to the action of the Premier League on Friday when the Red Devils face Tottenham Hotspur, added that the Prime Minister said he was grateful “for having an opinion and sharing it with people.”
He also praised him for “being that voice for people who actually didn’t have the platform to speak out as much as they wanted.”