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Boris Johnson news live: Latest UK politics updates as crackdown on junk food ads and deals announced

Boris Johnson news live: Latest UK politics updates as crackdown on junk food ads and deals announced | The Independent


Monday 27 July 2020 09:00

Boris Johnson has urged Britain to lose “a little bit of weight”, using his own struggle with obesity before he contracted the coronavirus to encourage people to take more exercise.

“I’ve always wanted to lose weight for ages and ages and like many people I struggle with my weight, I go up and down,” he said in a video clip. “I was way overweight … I was too fat.”

It comes as No 10 unveils the government’s new ‘Better Health’ campaign, saying it would tackle the “obesity time bomb” by banning advertising of junk food before 9pm, ending buy-one-get-one-free deals and putting the number of calories on restaurant menus.

Over-40s could be made to pay more tax to fund social care

Britain’s over-40s could be asked to pay more tax to fund the cost of elderly social care under plans reportedly under consideration by ministers.

The idea is among a series of proposals being examined by Boris Johnson, with people either compelled to take out insurance, pay more national insurance, or income tax once they hit the age ceiling.

Reports this morning indicate the prime minister’s new health and social care taskforce is drawing inspiration from Japan and Germany as it studies models for covering the expected £7bn soaring cost of care.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has all the details:

Labour demands support for workers facing holiday quarantine

Ministers have been accused of creating a sense of “panic and loss of control” due to the sudden decision to scrap an air bridge agreement with Spain.

Hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers now face a mandatory 14-day self-isolation after the UK government removed the country from its safe flight list with just a few hours’ notice on Saturday evening.

The travel industry – set to lose millions in revenue – reacted with fury to the unexpected move and questioned the rationale behind the decision.

Labour is calling for support for the hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers facing mandatory 14-day self-isolation on their return after the government removed Spain from its safe flight list (since there’s no guarantee employers will let them to work from home for two weeks).

Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, also called on the government to ramp up the Covid-19 track, trace and isolate system “so as to avoid the need for the blunt tool of 14-day quarantine”.

“The latest decision-making process regarding Spain and the short notice for travellers has created a sense of panic and loss of control.”

MPs quit Twitter for 48 hours

If you notice some MPs going quiet on Twitter in the next couple of days, it’s because several of them are joining a 48-hour “walkout” to protest the company’s slow action to remove the splurge of antisemitic tweets posted by Wiley.

Home secretary Priti Patel said she has asked for a “full explanation” from both Twitter and Instagram about why the rapper’s “abhorrent” comments were allowed to remain on his accounts for 12 hours after they were posted.

Labour attacked the the government’s failure to introduce “desperately” needed legislation to force social media companies to crack down on accounts spreading abuse. Shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens said it was clear that self-regulation “isn’t working”. The Met, meanwhile, is investigating Wiley’s online activities.

‘I was too fat, says PM

Boris Johnson has released a new social media (starring Dilyn the dog), in which the shares his own battle with obesity.

“I’ve always wanted to lose weight for ages and ages … like many people I struggle with my weight – I go up and down,” he said in the clip.

Sharing his own efforts to get fit following his hospitalisation with coronavirus, he said: “I’m at least a stone down, I’m more than a stone down.”

“When I went into ICU when I was really ill, I was way overweight … I was too fat.”

PM to announce crackdown on junk food ads and deals

Boris Johnson – the man who once vowed to end the “nanny state” – will set out his anti-obesity plan today with a series of nanny-like interventions. The PM is expected to ban pre-watershed junk food ads and prohibit buy-one-get-one-free offers on sweets, crisps and chocolate.

The government will also urge GPs in England to prescribe cycling, and restaurants will have to publish the number of calories in their meals. “Covid-19 has given us all a wake-up call,” said a No 10 spokesperson.

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of political events in the UK and beyond.

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