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The joyous Twitter reaction to Marcus Rashford getting school meals scheme reinstated

Marcus Rashford could win the Premier League, the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year, and it still wouldn’t compare to what he accomplished on Tuesday. 

Since the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Manchester United striker has been working hard to help impoverished children who are going hungry during the pandemic. He set up a charity that raised £20m and helped feed almost three million children.

Meanwhile, the Wythenshawe native also launched a campaign to help the homeless, took up sign language to judge a poetry competition at a deaf school, and most recently has been challenging the government to reinstate their school meals voucher scheme.

The UK government were adamant that the scheme would not continue into the summer, despite the fact that it would mean a reported 200,000 children would continue to skip meals they could not otherwise afford.

On Monday Rashford wrote an impassioned letter to MPs in Westminister in which he implored Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative government to change their mind.

He wrote that “Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations if we don’t course correct now.”

The England international then wrote a Twitter thread on Tuesday morning once again imploring on people to put pressure on MPs to #maketheuturn. 

While there were some detractors, there was overwhelming positivity towards Rashford’s message, and the Labour Party’s intention to use an opposition day debate in the House of Commons to hold a vote on extending the voucher scheme put pressure on the government to make a U-turn.

When it was announced that Boris Johnson had in fact changed tack, Rashford could hardly believe what he had achieved. 

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Unsurprisingly, the 22-year-old received praise from all corners for his terrific work, which will see over a million children receive school meals vouchers.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter unless the memes starting coming through at a furious pace. 

Now we wait for the inevitable scathing reaction. 

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Meanwhile, the Labour Party tried to score it as a political victory, but instead it only served to make their leader Keir Starmer look weak in comparison. 

Some are even proposing that Rashford should be anointed the new leader of the opposition or even the country…

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