Jamie Oliver furious after PM 'quietly dumped' healthy eating strategy

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Jamie Oliver today launched a stinging attack on Theresa May’s record on tackling childhood obesity.

The campaigning chef said he was hoping for a new Prime Minister in the next six months when he would resume campaigning for healthy meals.

He was left fuming when key elements of a healthy eating strategy drawn up over two years with David Cameron were “quietly dumped” soon after Ms May took power last summer.

Mr Oliver, 42, told the Standard: “Theresa May says she cares about childhood obesity but I think actions speak louder than words, and the actions are definitely not there.”

He said the central elements of the strategy, to restrict advertising and price-cutting promotional deals for junk food, were dumped in a policy announcement which was put out “with no marketing, no comms, no PR.”  

He said: “It was an incredible let down after two years’ work and when I talk to Conservative ministers they are furious because they didn’t know anything about it either. It was all done behind closed doors.”

He added: “I’ll be looking to see what happens in the next six months, and more importantly who is in power in six months. 

“There’s a lot going on, it’s a turbulent time. But one thing’s for sure is that I’m absolutely committed to it and I’ll perk up again when I think it’s the right time to get the public on board.”

Oliver spoke out as he prepared to launch his latest venture with the opening of Jamie Oliver’s The Diner at Gatwick Airport’s south terminal at the weekend.

Despite having dozens of branches of his restaurants in the UK and overseas, and his fifth child River Rocket Blue Dallas’s birth last August, he said a new opening still brings sleepless nights.

He said: “I always find it stressful opening a new restaurant. Always. 

“I was born in the industry and I have had my share of failures and successes to realise you’re only as good as your last plate.”

It will be the second outlet for the upscale American hot-dogs and burgers bar, whose flagship branch is in Leicester Square, and will be one of the airport’s biggest serving 278 covers.

He said: “Airports are not historically known as the best environment to eat in and can be quite stressful, but we can give you a really nice meal cooked on site in a proper kitchen with the right kit. 

“I think people are interested because they don’t expect a quality restaurant at an airport even though the game has upped immensely in the past five years.

“People’s holidays start at the airport, so I think that will make us work harder.


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