MPs get tax-payer funded lunches despite blocking Rashford’s free school meals

MPs who kicked out footballer Marcus Rashford’s free school meal plan tuck into subsidised grub every day.

Taxpayers forked out £2.6million so politicians could wolf down cheap lunches and booze in the Commons last year.

Fury erupted after a menu for the Members’ Dining Room showed politicians were dished up a chargrilled sirloin steak with hand-cut chips, tomato, mushrooms and a Bearnaise sauce for a bargain basement £11.77.

Drinks were also significantly cheaper in the Commons with pint of Carlsberg at Strangers’ Bar £3.35 and a glass of Merlot £2.75.

Radio presenter Darryl Morris posted a copy of the 2019 menu online after MPs rejected Rashford’s campaign to extend free meals to youngsters throughout the school holidays by 322 votes to 261.

The government said it preferred to tackle child poverty through Universal Credit handouts.

Darryl, who presents a morning show on talkRADIO, tweeted: “This is the menu for the member’s dining room in Parliament. It is subsidised. Look how cheap it is.

“Yesterday these people voted to refuse free meals to feed hungry children over Christmas.

“We’re living in a Dickens novel. And not a very good one.’’

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TV comic Nish Kumar, who hosts BBC Two’s The Mash Report, said: “Guys of course we don’t have the money to feed children, we have to spend it on the essentials like apps that don’t work.’’

Marcus, who scored United’s winner in their 2-1 Champions League victory over PSG on Tuesday, yesterday helped out at FareShare Greater Manchester’s new warehouse.

Marcus was seen lugging boxes of cornflakes from the back of a car into the new bigger warehouse which has been named Melanie Maynard House in honour of his mum who accompanied him.

He tweeted: “The food banks are in for a very tough winter.

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“Most are currently distributing 6 food packages per min and we are only in Oct.’’

FareShare UK chief executive officer Lindsay Boswell said the charity welcomed the `spotlight that Marcus Rashford’s tireless campaigning has shone on child hunger and are so grateful for his support of our work during this challenging time’.

“The naming of this warehouse is in recognition of Melanie Maynard and in fact, of all mums in the UK, supporting their children,’’ she said.

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the vote which would have been the first step on the road to providing some peace of mind to the millions of struggling UK families.

“FareShare continues to provide over two million meals each week to vulnerable communities across the UK and we stand ready to provide all the food we can obtain, so we can continue supporting those families and children that seek help to access good, healthy food.’’

Yesterday Rashford’s club’s arch rivals Liverpool FC joined his campaign by pledging to deliver 1,000 free meals to families in and around its Anfield stadium.

The team will also be providing half-term `Breakfast Club To You’ packs to all 25 schools across Anfield and Kirkby.

Liverpool FC’s Foundation is also set to donate more than £200,000 to a city food bank.

Neighbours Everton will also deliver food parcels to local schoolchildren during the holidays.

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