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Marcus Rashford’s fight for free school meals has been voted political campaign of the decade

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Other top campaigns included Sarah’s Law, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the fight against the “tampon tax”.

Marcus Rashford’s battle with the government over free school meals has been crowned the best campaign of the last decade.

A Savanta ComRes poll commissioned by communications group Pagefield put the Manchester United and England star in first place with 20 per cent of the vote.

Mr Rashford, who scored in England’s 6-1 win over Iran at the World Cup on Monday, led the campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic to secure holiday vouchers for school children who receive free school meals.

His high-profile fight resulted in the UK Government making £400million in funding available over 12 months to help poorer families with the cost of food and household bills.

Anna Taylor, Chief Executive of the Food Foundation said: “We are delighted to receive this award which shows that the problem of food poverty is now firmly on the map and we are extremely grateful to Marcus Rashford for his extremely successful involvement in the campaign.

“However, food poverty is not a problem that has gone away, and if anything, it has gotten worse. The campaign to give all children access to decent nutrition has become more urgent than ever and we hope everyone will continue to support them by joining our campaign to write to MPs.”

The second most effective campaign of the last 10 years was the fight for Sarah’s Law, which allowed people to have controlled access to see who was on the sex offender registry. In the poll, she received 18 percent of the votes.

Sarah’s Law was spearheaded by the now deceased News from all over the world in response to the 2000 murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne by convicted pedophile Roy Whiting.

Dominic Cummings’ Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum ranked third with 15 per cent of respondents, while Peter Tatchell’s fight for legalizing same-sex marriage was ranked fourth best campaign since the 2012 election with 11 per cent.

Other notable campaigns throughout the decade included the fight to abolish VAT on feminine hygiene products; the fight for compensation for the Windrush generation; and the introduction of stricter regulations for the payday loan industry.

Only one environmental campaign made the top 10 – introducing a 5p tax on retail plastic bags received 7 per cent of the vote, putting it in seventh place.

At number 10, the fight against the use of topless models received 2 percent of the vote on page 3 of The Sun newspaper.

The survey, which polled 2,236 adults, also found that 54 percent of the public believe campaigning is a positive force in society.

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