Marcus Rashford denies claim Prime Minister has been in touch over free school meals campaign

Footballer Marcus Rashford has denied claims from the Health Secretary that he has been in contact with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

After Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast “There has been communication between the two”, Rashford tweeted: “Hmm, unless he’s referring to the call we had following the u-turn in June?…”

Mr Hancock said: “There has been communication between the two, as far as I understand it.

“We have all seen what Marcus Rashford has done, and the way he has conducted himself in this campaign I think is absolutely exemplary.

“He is making an argument based on his personal experience for the benefit of people who really need that support.”

Pressed on the response from Number 10, Mr Hancock added: “I’m not in charge of the Prime Minister’s correspondence – if there hasn’t been, I’m sure that that will be followed up.”

Asked if urgent extra government measures are needed on free school meals, Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Well, I accept and I strongly believe that we should all come together to ensure that no child should go hungry.

“That’s the central insight behind what Marcus Rashford is arguing for, and I think he’s making the case just with such strong eloquence and speaking authentically from personal experience, and I think that’s something that we should all get behind.”

He added: “I think that working together with central government providing funding, which we’ve done, the councils often know on the ground how best to get to the children who need support most and people as individuals.”

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