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Eamonn Holmes backs Marcus Rashford as he slams ‘disgusting and immoral’ free school meals decision

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Eamonn Holmes is backing Marcus Rashford for his campaign against child poverty in the UK.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Monday’s This Morning, Eamonn slammed the government, branding them ‘morally wrong’ for not supporting the campaign.

‘This is a bigger problem, this is not just about food poverty, child food poverty – which is disgusting, and which is awful and immoral,’ Eamonn began.

‘This is about a government in England being behind the curve, they’re doing something in Northern Ireland, they’re doing something in Scotland, they’re doing something in Wales, what a PR disaster.

‘Look at the newspapers today and there he is, Marcus Rashford, the Pride of Britain and somebody in government at Westminster is really going to have to wise up.’

‘I think they actually have realised, that not only was this tactically wrong, but this as morally wrong and should be put right,’ he added.

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Eamonn branded the government ‘morally wrong’ (Picture: ITV/REX)

‘If you’re deemed to be in food poverty in term, where is this magical fridge-freezer or money tree come from at Halloween or at Christmas?’

The 22-year-old Manchester United footballer has been putting pressure on the government to continue their free school meals scheme after already forcing an extension to provide vouchers for 1.3 million disadvantaged kids over the summer holidays.

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More than 1,000 organisations are backing Marcus’ campaign (Picture: Eddie Keogh for The FA/REX)

However, last week, MPs in Parliament voted against another extension – something that has been adopted in Scotland and Wales.

The defeat caused widespread outrage and left many wondering how they could help children who face going hungry when schools are shut.

More than 1,000 organisations have backed Marcus’ call, and are providing free meals to disadvantaged children over the school holidays.

Several local authorities, including some run by the Conservatives, have also announced stop-gap schemes despite facing unprecedented funding cuts – further shaming the government’s decision not to continue the scheme.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who also took on the government this week over lockdown funding, announced his region was partnering with the Co-op to make 1,000 meal deal vouchers available to young people.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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