Wednesday 3 July 2019 / 8:44 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Boris Johnson has shown his priority is representing the interests of his wealthy supporters, not the general public – Jon Ashworth

Commenting on reports that Boris Johnson wants to water down the government’s obesity strategy and review the ‘sugar tax’, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said:

“This is extraordinary even by Boris Johnson’s standards. On the same day that Cancer Research UK is warning of the rising cancer threat of obesity,  and with his own cheerleader Matt Hancock supporting a plan to strengthen the obesity strategy, Johnson wants to water down the plan to tackle it.

“He has serious questions to answer about the role of corporate lobbyists for the soft drinks and tobacco industries in his campaign.

“Boris Johnson has shown that his priority is representing the interests of his wealthy supporters, with no concern for the health and wellbeing of the general public.”