Conservative MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, has met with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to discuss his campaign to cut sugar in fizzy drinks and improve children’s health.
The TV chef has urged told MPs on the House of Commons’ Health Committee a tax on sugar would be the “single most important” change that could be made to improve children’s health.
He met Mr Mackintosh in parliament to talk about his Sugar Rush campaign, which demonstrates the devastating effects of consuming too much sugar.
Mr Mackintosh said, “Tackling childhood obesity is a major issue as we see the number of overweight and obese children increase. Jamie Oliver is well known for his campaign to improve school meals, and this new campaign is very powerful in highlighting how much sugar is in food and drink without people realising it and the consequences it can have on people’s health.
“I look forward to the Government proposals on how we can tackle this and to debating this further in Parliament.”