Sugar tax to cut obesity off the table, says David Cameron

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22nd October 2015

A sugar tax on fizzy drinks and other sweet treats to tackle Britain's obesity crisis has been ruled out by David Cameron.

Downing Street confirmed the move as it also emerged that the Government's childhood obesity strategy has been delayed until next year.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is among those who have called for a sugar tax to reduce demand for fattening drinks, sweets and cereals.

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But a spokesman for Mr Cameron today insisted it will not form part of the Government's war on obesity.

He said: "The Prime Minister thinks there are more effective ways of tackling this issue than putting a tax on sugar."

The spokesman also revealed that the childhood obesity strategy, which was initially pencilled in to be published in December, will not be released until "early in the New Year".

Appearing before the Health Select Committee on Monday, Jamie Oliver called on Mr Cameron to "be brave" and introduce a sugar tax.

He said: "We need to ask who is running the country. Is it the businesses who are profiting in ill health in our children or is it us? Industry must be kept in line and it mustn’t run this country.

"We’ve normalised the consumption of fizzy drinks at home – it’s completely inappropriate."

London Mayor Boris Johnson has also said he is "on a journey" towards backing a sugar tax.