Following the England national football team’s triumph over Wales in the World Cup finals, Munira took the opportunity to praise double goal-scorer and free school meals campaigner, Marcus Rashford, at PMQs.
Munira opened her question by saying that Conservative MPs must have felt “a certain sense of déjà vu” whilst watching the match. “After all, they know what it feels like to have Marcus Rashford run rings round them,” she said, in reference to Rashford’s previous campaigning which prompted the Government to make a U-turn on providing free school meals over the summer holidays during the pandemic.
Calling on the Prime Minister to give Rashford the “best possible thanks” for his stunning performance at the World Cup, Munira asked Rishi Sunak to expand free school meals to the 800,000 children currently living in poverty who are ineligible for the benefit.
Disappointingly, the Prime Minister made no such commitment in his response. Following PMQs, Munira said:
“Rishi Sunak’s response today was the opposite of Marcus Rashford’s free kick last night – well and truly off the mark.
“Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning until every family in receipt of Universal Credit is eligible for free school meals – especially the 800,000 children in poverty who have been left to go without by this Conservative government.”