MP Dean Russell backed Marcus Rashford plea for free school meals

Watford MP Dean Russell said he was “pleased” to hear that the government listened to Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide free school meals during the summer.

The Watford MP was pleased with the outcome as he lobbied the Government to extend the scheme.

He said: “I am pleased that children in England will continue to receive free school meal vouchers during the holidays.

“I lobbied the government directly on this matter as I know this is a difficult time for many, and I am very pleased that the government listened.

“The ‘Covid-19 summer food fund’ adds to an extensive support system, which includes £63 million for local authorities to assist those struggling to afford food.”