“I talked to Marcus Rashford today and congratulated him on his campaign which, to be honest, I only became aware of very recently, today.”

Boris Johnson, Coronavirus Press Briefing

June 16, 2020

Facts

After long resistance, the government performed a U-turn on the footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to supply free school meal vouchers over the summer holiday period. Boris Johnson claimed that he had become aware of the high-profile campaign only on the day of the U-turn.

Yet the day before, Johnson’s official spokesperson had told the Huffington Post that Johnson would reply to Rashford.

Verdict

The Prime Minister’s claim that he had only just become aware of Marcus Rashford’s campaign was dubious.

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