Andrew Boff AM: “While everyone agrees that we need to help kids to live healthier lives, there is next to no evidence to suggest that this ban will have any impact on the scourge of childhood obesity.
“What we do know is that this move will prohibit adverts for foods such as pesto, salads and bread while Macmillan Cancer coffee morning ads may also be subject to the ban. Does Khan really think that the main drivers of childhood obesity are the promotion of every day foods and charities carrying out invaluable work?
“While this flawed policy will do nothing for childhood obesity, it will certainly succeed in starving TfL of £13 million a year. Make no mistake, this is money which could otherwise have been spent on the transport infrastructure upgrades that Londoners are crying out for. As this polling data shows, Londoners are not supportive of this ban if it leads to an inevitable lack of investment.
“This is an ill-thought-through and reckless policy from a Mayor who is more interested in virtue signalling than getting a grip on childhood obesity levels”.