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9 April 2018

Repeal the sugar tax

People against Sugar Tax has slammed calls for the sugar tax to be extended to milkshakes, and other milk-based drinks.

Last week, in an interview on Newsnight, former Chancellor George Osborne suggested the tax should cover milk-based drinks with high sugar content, and other health campaigners have joined in these calls too.

These campaigners calling for a milkshake tax have got ahead of themselves. They don't even have public support for fizzy drinks to be taxed, let alone milkshakes.

This tax is just a gesture, a bit of red meat thrown to the anti-sugar campaigners that will make no difference to public health. We call on Theresa May to repeal this bizarre tax as soon as possible.

Brook Whelan

Chief Executive of People against Sugar Tax