British football player Marcus Rashford said he had received assurances from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday that problems with the meagre food parcels being offered to young English schoolchildren would be resolved.

The government was criticised on Tuesday after shared images of food parcels provided by private firms under the government’s free school meals programme provoked a widespread outcry and forced one supplier to apologise.

Twenty three year-old Manchester United forward Rashford has become a powerful voice in the political discussion over the provision of food to pupils, using his Premier League status and personal experience of hunger as a child to raise awareness.

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“Just had a good conversation with the Prime Minister,” Rashford tweeted. “He has assured me that he is committed to correcting…

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