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Minister's aide quits after backing Marcus Rashford on free school meals

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While the British prime minister has faced accusations of fomenting divisions this week with his COVID-19 strategy, the Manchester United and England footballer - still a few days shy of his 23rd birthday - has demonstrated a remarkable gift for bringing people together.

Perhaps Bradley should focus his energies on ensuring no child in his constituency is living in unsafe conditions, rather than advocating against free school meals on Twitter and Newsnight.

Many believe the Conservatives have been misrepresented to suggest that they want to end free school meals altogether.

Only one Kent MP voted in favour of the campaign, which was supported by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford. We stand with you Marcus Rashford'.

Head Julia Polley said in a message to parents: "I have taken the decision to keep the free school meals Co-op cards in place during this half term holiday".

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson backed a campaign to provide free meals to vulnerable children, seeing it pass £35,000.

Home Office minister Kit Malthouse said the Government was helping low-income families through the welfare system.

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We know many local families are already facing extreme hardship as a result of the pandemic, and we are determined to give them the support they need.

Rashford said he was "blown away" by the response to the nationwide campaign.

"I see families struggling, I see children hungry - it was an absolute no brainer for me to jump on the bandwagon, rally round and organise something", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Meanwhile, two Conservative MPs have said comments they made about the issue were "taken out of context" after their remarks were criticised. "Another Twitter user wrote back that "£20 cash direct to a crack den and a brothel sounds like the way forward with this one", to which Mr Bradley replied: "That's what FSM vouchers in the summer effectively did".

The council's families chief, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz added: "We recognise that the financial pressure families are now facing is huge - there will be additional food costs faced by families over the half term break, and we refuse to stand by and let them struggle alone".

"It just shows people can do wondrous things, and it shows the subject is serious which is why everybody puts the rivalry aside and just thinks about the more important things in life and I'm really happy we can show solidarity in these moments".

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