Footballer Marcus Rashford has criticised a Conservative MP for his comments on child hunger.
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, was praising the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme when he replied to a comment, saying: “Where they can, it’s a parents’ job to feed their children.”
However, Rashford criticised the comment, saying it could prevent families from asking for help. He urged the MP “to talk to families. I haven’t met one parent who hasn’t wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children.”
“It’s comments like this that prevent people from asking for help. We need to start uplifting each other,” he added.
The Manchester United and England striker was successful in campaigning for free school meal vouchers to be provided to pupils over the summer, and has now teamed up with a number of high street retailers and food producers to form the Child Food Poverty Task Force.
Picture: Archive photo, dated 22-12-2019, of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. (Mike Egerton/PA).