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Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston calls for labels on drinks to show how many teaspoons of sugar they contain

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Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes who chairs the Health Select Committee in Parliament, has called on the Government to ensure labels on drinks state how many teaspoons of sugar they contain.

She was among several MPs calling for the Government to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks as part of a package of measures to reduce sugar intake after a petition from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came before Parliament.

Oliver's petition, which has received almost 152,000 signatures, notes £1 billion could be raised every year by charging an extra 7p in tax on a regular-sized can of soft drink which contains added sugar.

The petitioners argue this money should be protected and used to develop NHS and school strategies to deal with childhood obesity and diet-related diseases.

Jamie Oliver's petition on sugary drinks was discussed at the Health Select Committee. Credit: PA Images

Dr. Wollaston, who called for a package of measures to tackle the issues, said: "I think Jamie Oliver in his presentation to us made a very compelling case for let's just put the teaspoons on the drinks."

She added: "What you need to have is clear information which says does this contain 12, 13, six and... I think it helps industry if people can clearly see they've made an effort to make a lower sugar product but let's allow that within clear labelling."

Earlier Dr Wollaston also denied a sugar tax on soft drinks is "regressive and hits the poor", saying: "Look at who is already hit by this problem - the burden of childhood obesity falls on the poorest children in our community and what we know from experience in Mexico is that a 10% levy on sugary drinks has led to a 6% reduction in consumption, but perhaps more importantly it's led to a 9% reduction in consumption among the heaviest users and that's the point here."


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Planned junior doctors strike called off at final hour

The strike was due to take place on December 1. Credit: PA

The junior doctors strike due to begin on Tuesday has been called off at the final hour .

Conciliation service Acas said a deal had been reached following five days of talks.

This means planned walk-outs on December 1, 8 and 16 will now be averted.

Under the agreement NHS employers agreed to extend the time frame for contract negotiations until January 13 next year.

An Acas spokesman said: "Acas is pleased that the talks have been held in a constructive manner and cooperative spirit between the parties, that will allow an improvement in industrial relations."

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Junior doctors strike: 'Potential agreement reached'

A potential agreement has been reached between the British Medical Association and the government, which could mean planned junior doctors strikes will be suspended, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.


Just which one is it? Council spells road three different ways

You'd forgive the postman for maybe getting confused after bungling council workers spelt a street name three different ways.

Brian Kelly was left baffled after he noticed his local authority had managed to spell Whiteley Avenue three different ways on signs it had put up.

The wrongly spelled sign number 1

The mistake was made after the old wooden signs, bearing the correct spelling, rotted away, and South Hams District Council rushed to replace them.

The brand new signs were erected in place, but to the dismay of local residents including Mr Kelly, they all bared different spellings.

After sending the council a map indicating where the dodgy signs are, Mr Kelly has now been told the signs are on a list to be replaced.

It's bizarre - you'd think the council would just be able to copy the old signs - but instead they came up with not one but two different spellings.

They told me they will be correcting the mistake - but have to wait to buy a batch of new signs - because it's cheaper.

– Brian Kelly
The wrongly spelled sign number 2

We apologise to the residents of Whiteley Avenue for this error and we are ordering new signs to rectify the problem.

– South Hams District Council spokesman
The council was able to get the sign right on one occasion
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Guns N'Roses for Glastonbury?

The legendary American rock band Guns N'Roses are the latest performers to be rumoured to be booked for next year's Glastonbury Festival. The band is already being backed by the bookies to take one of the headline slots for next year's Reading and Leeds Festivals and speculation is mounting as to whether they could also be stopping off at Worth Farm. Once branded "the most dangerous band in the world", the Los Angles-based group sold 30 million copies of their debut album "Appetite for Destruction" and the single "Sweet Child O'Mine" topped the US charts.

Guns N'Roses Credit:

Another band linked with the festival are Coldplay, who will be releasing their new album, A Head Full of Dreams, next month. They are playing four UK dates in Manchester, Glasgow and London next summer. Despite having a hectic schedule, the group have a gap in their calendar the weekend of Glastonbury, which is running between June 22 and June 26, with the bookmakers tipping them to be one of next year's headliners. Rihanna. also has a pause in her tour dates that weekend and has also been rumoured to be performing at Pilton.

Witness appeal for crash injuring mother and daughter

Torbay Road - where the crash took place Credit: ITV News

Police have made another call for witnesses after a mother and child were seriously injured in a crash in Torquay.

The incident happened when a silver Daihatsu Sirion mounted the pavement and collided with a group of pedestrians on Torbay Road at lunchtime on Sunday November 22.

The woman is in hospital with life-changing injuries, while her six-year-old daughter has serious leg injuries but has been discharged.

The 52-year-old car driver had minor injuries. The investigation into what caused the crash is continuing.

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