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Labour MP climbs the greasy pole with Flora plug

After the Government released its childhood obesity strategy last month, Theresa May stood accused of sidelining the issue. So, Mr S was pleased to receive an invite to an event focussing on the issue. Sharon Hodgson — the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for School Food — is holding a breakfast on Tuesday morning to call on the government to do more to tackle child obesity.

However, Hodgson is not alone in her mission — the Labour MP appears to have teamed up with Flora. In an email for the event sent out to hacks, Hodgson invites attendees ‘on behalf of Flora’. In fact, the brand of margarine gets a grand total of four mentions in the email invite alone:

Dear xxxx,

Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for School Food on behalf of Flora would like to invite you to attend an exclusive breakfast briefing at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 6th September at 9am.

At this briefing you will receive information on a new report from University of Leeds, commissioned by Flora that reveals only 1.6% of children receive a lunchbox that meets the healthy based standards set for school food; an improvement of only 0.5% since the original study in 2006. You will learn of the other shocking stats from the survey prior to its public release, as well as why Sharon Hodgson has teamed up with Flora to call on government for more stringent policies and actions to combat the childhood obesity issue.

Sharon Hodgson MP, Dr. Charlotte Evans, Nutritional Epidemiologist and the study’s lead researcher and James Brennan, Flora’s Marketing Director will be available to answer any questions about the report you may have.

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