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Marcus Rashford attacks universal credit cut at degree ceremony

Footballer says receiving university accolade just as ‘millions lose a lifeline’ is bittersweet

Marcus Rashford has said it felt “bittersweet” collecting his honorary degree for tackling child poverty the day after the universal credit uplift was retracted.

The England footballer used his speech at the University of Manchester ceremony at Old Trafford to highlight how the government’s cut meant “millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline”.

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