The 22-year-old forced No 10 into a second U-turn in five months when the PM called him after
But the cordial conversation, which came when the TV news networks were committed to wall-to-wall US election coverage, did not result in
Marcus Rashford insists he will continue to fight to feed the country’s poorest children
Rashford spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (above) over the weekend about the cause
Sportsmail understands that Rashford still sees this as a key plank of his campaign, which he will not give up on simply because he has won extra Government support. The measure he is still asking for would cost an additional £670m.
The Manchester United player said he was ‘overwhelmed’ with the new breakthrough and he has at last been granted a line of communication into No 10.
Johnson agreed during their call that his Downing Street staff would now meet with Rashford’s child food poverty task force.
Those talks will aim to ensure that Rashford’s partners can play a more active role in combat food poverty.
Rashford forced Johnson into a U-turn with extra £400m to be provided for free school meals
The PM however refused to provide free meals to all under-16s with a parent on benefits
Rashford asked for precisely such a meeting weeks ago but there had been no reply from No 10 to that request.
The government’s hand was forced when Rashford’s plea for help on Twitter saw thousands of people taking action to fee impoverished children during half term.
Many independent experts were sceptical about the timing of the call and No 10 announcement.
Jo Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, tweeted: ‘So inept has been the Government’s handling of this issue that it finds itself now having to try and bury good news.’