UK government voted against giving poor children free school lunches during school holidays. Only five politicians in ruling Conservative party voted to help poorer children with daily lunch. huge majority of government voted against weekly $20-per-child food voucher. The government is now under pressure to make U-turn. It made a U-turn in summer over free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started successful campaign to get the government to reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer children during coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to pressure government into another U-turn.
The UK government is under growing pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are refusing to provide food vouchers. For many children, voucher would mean getting their only proper meal of the day during holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand issue of holiday hunger". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from wealthy family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants are paid over $8,000 day but children cannot have $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK banning politicians from their businesses.