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Tory-led council in PM’s constituency helps Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign

Footballer ‘truly overwhelmed’ by support he has received after Tory MPs voted down free meals proposalsTech companies and a local authority in Boris Johnson’s constituency are among the latest to throw their weight behind Marcus Rashford’s growing cam…

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Marcus Rashford: public rallies behind campaign to end child food poverty

Covid-hit firms tweet offers of food donations after MPs reject free school meals planCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMarcus Rashford may have seen his attempt to get the government to provide meals for the poorest children …

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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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Russia planned cyber-attack on Tokyo Olympics, says UK

Foreign secretary condemns ‘cynical and reckless’ bid to disrupt Games, before they were postponedRussian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in a bid to disru…

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Marcus Rashford backs MPs’ push for free school breakfasts

Footballer throws weight behind cross-party bill guaranteeing extra fundingThe footballer Marcus Rashford has thrown his support behind a cross-party parliamentary bill to fund free breakfast provision in schools while the government faces mounting pre…

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Oliver Dowden calls for Premier League to ‘step up’ and support EFL clubs

Culture secretary says he has spoken to Premier LeagueEFL has said its clubs stand to lose £200m this seasonThe culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called for the Premier League to “step up to the plate” and provide financial support for EFL clubs thro…

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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 takes aim at child food poverty with new taskforce

Manchester United forward outlines plans to build on free school meals victory in letter to MPsThree months after he forced a government U-turn on summer holiday school meal vouchers, Marcus Rashford has set his sights on a bigger target: the end of ch…

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Grassroots football gets green light to return to the training ground

Conditions include: no goal celebrations, no shared equipment and clean glovesThe phased return of outdoor competitive grassroots football in England has been confirmed, with amateur and youth clubs allowed to return to proper training immediately, the…

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‘Not in a position to say’: Ian Botham refuses to comment on peerage claims

Exclusive: Former cricketer says he must respect protocol, following reports he will enter House of LordsIan Botham has refused to comment on speculation he is to be awarded a life peerage as Boris Johnson marks his first year in Downing Street by appe…

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Rose Paterson, Aintree chair and wife of Tory ex-minister, found dead at home

Owen Paterson says loss of his wife of 40 years has come as ‘terrible shock’ to familyThe wife of the Conservative former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has been found dead at their family home.In a statement, Paterson said the loss of his wife, Rose, …

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Operators of gyms and pools query England’s new lockdown rules

Nightclubs also off limits but pubs can open – prompting accusations of inconsistencyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has given the green light to a night out in a pub or restaurant in England but gym workouts,…

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Rashford’s voucher victory only a ‘sticking plaster’ for the poor

Huge gap identified between benefit payments and the amount need to escape povertyThe successful school meal voucher campaign waged by the footballer Marcus Rashford provides only a “sticking plaster” for households living well below the poverty line a…

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Boris Johnson opposes ban on Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Rugby union chiefs are reviewing historical context of popular terrace anthemBoris Johnson has said rugby fans should not be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as the sport’s governing body reviews the historical context of the song.The prime…

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Return of Premier League an ‘important milestone’ says Oliver Dowden – video

The culture secretary has welcomed the return of Premier League football after a 100-day hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis as a ‘hugely symbolic moment’ in the gradual reopening of the country Continue reading…

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Return of Premier League an ‘important milestone’ says Oliver Dowden – video

The culture secretary has welcomed the return of Premier League football after a 100-day hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis as a ‘hugely symbolic moment’ in the gradual reopening of the country Continue reading…

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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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Horse racing, Tory donations and a swift return from lockdown

Matt Hancock called the sport ‘wonderful’. He was funded by some of its leading figuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen horse racing became the first major sport, alongside snooker and greyhound racing, to return to acti…