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Money raised after Marcus Rashford mural defaced to go to food charity in Manchester

Footballer, who is campaigning to end child food poverty, says funds will go to FareShareTens of thousands of pounds that were raised after Marcus Rashford’s mural was defaced will be donated to a food poverty charity in Greater Manchester.The artwork …

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Money raised after Marcus Rashford mural defaced to go to food charity in Manchester

Footballer, who is campaigning to end child food poverty, says funds will go to FareShareTens of thousands of pounds that were raised after Marcus Rashford’s mural was defaced will be donated to a food poverty charity in Greater Manchester.The artwork …

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England’s footballers speak for the new generation better than any politician | Owen Jones

The team are typical of Britain’s progressive young people, unafraid to voice their anger with the status quoInstead of a trophy, England’s national team have inherited something far more precious: the mantle of the official opposition.For most of the …

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Letting in the Uefa variant could be Boris Johnson’s next own goal | Marina Hyde

If 2,500 of the ‘football family’ get a free pass into England, the double standards of our self-isolation rules will be laid bareHow encouraging to see Uefa masterminding a return of jeopardy to the Euros. Not in the football, you understand – putting…

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Partner in Saudi bid to buy Newcastle United is major Tory donor

Jamie Reuben’s involvement in bid supported by Boris Johnson raises more cronyism questionsAn investor in the planned takeover of Newcastle United that received high-level support from Boris Johnson last year is a major Conservative party donor who has…

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Support grows for Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign

Politicians and celebrities of all stripes come out in support of plan rejected by government Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCelebrities and politicians have come out in support of Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child hu…

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Scottish Tory leader and linesman Douglas Ross defends talks with clubs

Ross to hold meeting over how he can help clubs amid CovidMP says no conflict to be assistant referee two days laterThe unprecedented connection between the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and the country’s football league has been highlighte…

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Marcus Rashford clashes with Tory MP over child food poverty

Manchester United striker tells Kevin Hollinrake to ‘talk to families before tweeting’Marcus Rashford has rebuked a Conservative MP on Twitter for suggesting that parents who need help to feed their children are failing in their parental responsibiliti…

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Marcus Rashford is showing our failing politicians how to do their jobs | Marina Hyde

People usually ask how many nurses you could exchange for one footballer. But one Rashford is worth a hundred ministers Marcus Rashford is 22 years old and the reason desperate families will now continue to receive free school meal vouchers during the …

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Marcus Rashford is showing our failing politicians how to do their jobs | Marina Hyde

People usually ask how many nurses you could exchange for one footballer. But one Rashford is worth a hundred ministers Marcus Rashford is 22 years old and the reason desperate families will now continue to receive free school meal vouchers during the …

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Boris Johnson faces Tory rebellion over Marcus Rashford’s school meals call

Senior Conservatives back footballer’s plea to extend scheme over summer holidaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFootballer Marcus Rashford has ramped up his campaign to pressure the government into feeding hungry children d…

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It’s only a matter of time before Raheem Sterling gets it in the neck for coronavirus | Marina Hyde

In this week’s shifting blame game, health secretary Matt Hancock has kicked Premier League footballers into touchOne of the great rules of British public life is that sooner or later, everything ends up being blamed on footballers. No matter how alien…

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Not cricket: Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised for World Cup comments

Brexiter says England beating New Zealand shows ‘we clearly don’t need Europe to win’ Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for politicising England’s victory in the Cricket World Cup after writing on social media that “we clearly don’t need Europe to wi…

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Revealed: Lynton Crosby’s £5.5m offer to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup

Tory strategist’s pitch detailed how CTF Partners would spread negative stories and press Fifa to ‘restart bidding process’Sir Lynton Crosby offered to work on a campaign to cancel the 2022 Qatar World Cup and get it awarded to another country in retur…

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Minister accused of ‘betraying promise’ to reduce FOBT stakes

Tory MPs and Labour press government on delay to fixed-odds betting terminals capThe government is facing significant pressure from Conservative MPs over its decision to delay implementing a planned reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting …

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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How cricket (almost) made me a Tory

My introduction to politics came through culture and sport: the left had the musicians, writers and film directors while the right had, er, the local cricket clubs

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

I was about to turn 16 when Mrs Thatcher came to power and was more interested in my exams later that month than what the Prime Minister planned to do, but that ambivalence was soon to change as I started reading the NME, listening to the Clash and the Jam and noticing that my city, Liverpool, was being hollowed out.

Over the previous winter I had seen the ugly side of the left in the strikes and the screaming headlines of the right’s propaganda sheets (then, as now, the Sun, the Express and the Mail) but this systematic evisceration of northern industry was of a different order. It was a class conflict led by a woman with her hands on the levers of the state and a will to use them.

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Hillsborough verdict a damning indictment of the British establishment | Letters

I was living in Sheffield in 1989, and bought a copy of the Sheffield Star’s special edition on the tragedy, published the following day, on Sunday 16 April, which I still have (After 27 years, justice, 27 April). Reading it again, in the context of the inquest verdicts, it is striking to note that the paper’s account of the disaster, written by local reporters in the hours following it, and based on eyewitness accounts, is virtually identical in its conclusions to that of the jury’s verdicts 27 years later. The front page explicitly states that “Liverpool fans were not to blame, but the victims.” It also describes the decision of Duckenfield (not named at that stage) to open the gate as “a moment of madness”, which “backfired in a catastrophe which brought about the biggest soccer tragedy in the history of the British game”. Harry Livermore, the lawyer who represented the Heysel stadium defendants, and who was at the game in a different stand, is quoted as saying that the tragedy “was entirely due to the inefficiency of Sheffield Wednesday FC for their lack of proper organisation, and the inefficiency of the Sheffield police. It may be hard luck that they are held responsible – but this again is a tragedy that should never have happened”.

It was crystal clear from the very outset what had happened and who was to blame. This makes the subsequent lies and cover-up, and the extent to which they were believed, even more damning. The perpetrators of those lies should be held to account just as surely as should those whose negligence and stupidity caused the disaster in the first place.
Isabella Stone
Matlock, Derbyshire

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Ruck over former MP Peter Fry’s rugby defence

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