Lots of coverage in today’s newspapers – Daily Mail, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent – about a speech that Andrew Lansley will be giving later this morning about combating obesity. The main ideas he’ll be floating are summarised in the graphic below:
In previous remarks on obesity Mr Lansley has also commended a national research centre on obesity and ring-fenced public health budgets so that we cannot carry on seeing such budgets being raided to meet national health service deficits.
The Shadow Health Secretary will tell the think tank Reform that the Conservative approach will be "no nannying AND no excuses":
"We must not constantly talk about tackling obesity and warning people about the negative consequences of obesity. Instead we must be positive – positive about the fun and benefits to be had from healthy living, trying to get rid of people’s excuses for being obese by tackling the issue in a positive way."