Hunters chairman Kevin Hollinrake - who is also a backbench Conservative MP - has been criticised on Twitter by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford.
Hollinrake, who is MP for Thirsk and Malton, went on to the social media platform yesterday to boast about the success of the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
A response to his tweet asked why it took a footballer to stand up for hungry children, prompting Hollinrake to tweet again saying: "Where they can, it's a parent's job to feed their children.”
Rashford's reply - which has so far attracted well over 150,000 ‘likes’ from Twitter users - said: "I would urge you to talk to families before tweeting. To this day I haven't met one parent who hasn't wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children.”
The footballer continued: “Put to the side that this comment came from an MP. It’s comments like this that prevent people from speaking their truth and asking for help. We need to start uplifting each other. I would have had the same response to anyone tweeting this…”
Rashford’s recent campaigning was focussed on getting the government to extend free school meals to children from low-income families over the summer holidays. Many believe the campaign led to a government U-turn on the policy.
Back in March, as the Coronavirus pandemic was gaining momentum, another of Hollinrake’s tweets provoked controversy.
Referring to the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, he tweeted:“No personal guarantees, no fees, 0 per cent interest for 12m, up to £5m. Our business will certainly use this.”
However, local media in the MP’s constituency reported that an independent local councillor claimed to be appalled that Hunters was benefitting from the scheme when so many in the area were allegedly not receiving the help they needed.
Estate Agent Today yesterday afternoon asked Hollinrake for any further response to Rashford's comments.