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Jamie Oliver hits out at Theresa May's government

07 August 2017 by

Chef Jamie Oliver has criticised Theresa May's government, claiming they "don't give a f*" about issues such as childhood obesity.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Oliver blamed May for weakening the anti-obesity strategy he worked on with former Prime Minister David Cameron, claiming she "tore it up" by dropping restrictions on advertising of junk foods on TV and online and promotional deals on unhealthy food in supermarkets.

The policy was released in August 2016 which Oliver complained was at the same time as A-Level results with "no marketing, no comms [and] no PR".

Oliver told the Sunday Times magazine: "In code, that means, ‘We don't give a f*'. It was unbelievable. Blatant. I had been working intimately with Mr Cameron and his group. It could have been a moment of national pride and at least she would have been able to look everyone in the eye and say we are going to get some change in the obesity graph in 10 years.

"What she did was awful, how she did it was awful. When I saw Mr Cameron running those sessions, he had legit people debating the right thing. It wasn't all about, ‘Oh, let's all pat each other on the back.' But what's even more scary is that when May released the child strategy that she had ruined, I believe her team were genuinely chuffed with what they had done!"

Oliver has been vocal about May in the past and slated her now-dropped plan to scrap free school meals for kids aged five to seven.

In the recent Sunday Times article, he compared the plan to "something a 10-year-old would do in basic maths to save cash".

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