Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


26 JUN 2019

Obesity Health Alliance

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Obesity Health Alliance parliamentary reception on the 3rd of July.

Unfortunately, I have prior commitments at that time and will be unable to attend. However, I am glad that the government ran a consultation on proposals concerning mandatory calorie labelling in food served outside the home at the end of last year. I know many are keen to see the government's response on this and once it is published you will be able to view it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/calorie-labelling-for-food-and-drink-served-outside-of-the-home

I have always been supportive of measures that improve our general public health and would personally be keen to see mandatory calorie labelling in food served outside the home.

In addition, the Health and Social Care Select Committee, which I chair, actually held an inquiry in to childhood obesity and you can view the report we produced here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-and-social-care-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/childhood-obesity-inquiry-17-19/

In the report we fully endorse the calls for a 9pm watershed on high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) food and drink advertising.

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