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Tory MPs : Boris Johnson should have a word with the Conservative-controlled local council in his west London constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip about Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign.

Hillingdon Council will be offering free school meals to eligible children during the half term holiday,” the council announced this weekend. “Full details of the scheme and how to claim will be made available on Monday.”

Hillingdon is not the only Tory borough to ignore the prime minister’s rejection of the Manchester United and England star’s campaign to extend free school meals to the half-term holiday period.

Others include true-blue Kensington and Chelsea, the richest borough in the UK, with the greatest concentration of billionaires on the planet and residents including Sir Elton John and the Beckhams, Tory MPs .

But it’s not just Tory councils that are defying the prime minister as public support for the Rashford campaign appears to grow and the government digs itself deeper into a hole with its intransigence.

Conservative MPs, many of whom are facing an angry backlash in their constituencies after voting against Labour’s Commons motion to extend free school meals to half term, are on the turn too.

One such sinner who appears to be repenting is Tobias Ellwood, the former minister who chairs the defence select committee, who told Sky News free school meals appear to be popular and so the government “shouldn’t be churlish” and “do what works”.

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