Pressure mounts on No 10 to extend free school meals holiday scheme

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Labour writes to backbench Tory MPs as Marcus Rashford’s petition nears 300,000 signatures

Pressure is mounting on Downing Street to support families entitled to free school meals throughout the holidays in England, with Labour writing to every backbench Conservative MP to press home the issue.

The England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is also campaigning for the government to tackle food poverty among children, including by extending the free school meals scheme through the half-term and Christmas holidays. A petition he launched has been signed by more than 290,000 people.

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