Rishi Sunak laughs off request for bank holiday after Euros final
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Times Radio presenter Tom Newton-Dunn predicted no matter how England fair in their game against Italy on Sunday they will have “demi-god” status with the country backing them. Because of this, Tom Newton-Dunn says some players could exercise influence over the Government which could make Rishi Sunak’s life difficult come the autumn budget. Marcus Rashford has influenced government decisions on free school meals and could capitalise on his Euros success to further push the Government into following his humanitarian campaigns.
Speaking on Times Radio, presenter Tom Newton-Dunn said: “A government, with an England football team in a final is a very happy government indeed because of the feelgood factor.
“And I think the relief for the country, the happiness and joy for our country also Italy.
“Our two countries have suffered the worst from coronavirus across the entire continent and Italy has got one of the highest death rates in the world.
“So it’s an incredible moment of happiness.
“I would just give one moment of caution and it may be worth addressing this with Rishi Sunak.
“He was very quick to pull on an England shirt as well as Boris Johnson over the weekend.
“Politicians love associating themselves with successes successful teams.
“But if you just think of the political power this team has, remember what Marcus Rushford has done with his country on Universal Credit and on free school meals.
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“Marcus wants that £20 per week left to stay.
“Now these are going to be demigods whatever happens at the final, they got into a final, and if they win it even better.
“But they will have a very very powerful political voice.
“And one, I can predict this far off, will put them into severe contention with the Chancellor come the autumn.
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“If you’re the Chancellor, it’ll be quite a difficult place to be.”
Mr Sunak has faced calls from fellow Conservative MPs and opposition benches to keep the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift.
The uplift is set to be phased out towards the end of September as the temporary measure was introduced to help the poorest in the country economically survive through the pandemic.
Marcus Rashford forced Boris Johnson to U-turn on free school meals which now sees them extended for poorer families to use over the summer holidays.
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