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Laurence Fox slams Boris Johnson over UK food price cost of living | United Kingdom | News

By on May 17, 2022 0

Mr Fox spoke to Ellie Mae O’Hagan of the Class think tank and journalist Jo Coburn to discuss the government’s latest decision.

Demand for cheaper, healthy food continues in the UK, with a 2019 health survey showing around 28% of adults in England would now be considered obese.

The actor-turned-political commentator said he doesn’t think it’s up to the government to get involved in what corporations do.

The Reclaim Party founder has explained why he doesn’t want UK government ministers telling him what he can eat.

Mr Fox told BBC Politics Live: “I don’t think it’s up to the government, I don’t think the government should get involved in this stuff.

“It’s none of their business, let companies act the way they want to act the way companies want to act.”

Ms Coburn said: “Okay, so you weren’t in favor of the ban in the first place, and what about the U-turn on that?”

Mr Fox added: ‘I don’t… I don’t want government ministers telling me what I can eat, thank you very much.’

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Mr Johnson’s decision to scrap plans on cheap food deals and unhealthy produce in the UK has been heavily criticised.

The cost of living crisis has pushed some Britons into poverty, leading them to rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families.

British chef and healthy eating campaigner Jamie Oliver said: “It’s a wasted opportunity and it’s starting to erode the whole strategy against obesity.”

“I really hope the Prime Minister will prove me wrong and show real leadership in providing young people with a healthier and fairer future.”

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The government is committed to creating change in the UK food sector.

Public Health Minister Maggie Throup said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to help people live healthier lives.”

“Suspending restrictions on offers such as buy one, get one free will allow us to understand their impact on consumers in light of an unprecedented global economic situation.”

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Some health experts have criticized the Department of Health for not doing enough.

Tam Fry, president of the National Obesity Forum, said: “The truth is that not much has changed, which is appalling.

“Last year’s Queen’s Speech promised action on obesity – particularly in the early years. This year he didn’t once mention the obesity crisis. I’m going to berate the Department of Health and Social Care for failing to properly monitor children’s health for over 20 years.”