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John McDonnell: Labour would keep sugar tax

John McDonnell said Labour 'supported the sugar tax in principle'. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Labour's Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said if his party is elected at the next election it will not abolish the sugar tax announced in yesterday's Budget.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr McDonnell said Labour supported the reasoning behind the tax but did not think it would work unless it was part of a wide health strategy designed to tackle obesity.

We welcome the sugar tax but the problem is it's not part of an overall strategy to tackle obesity and whilst George Osborne is introducing the sugar tax, he's cutting £200m from the public health budget.

In principle we support it but we have to see the detail as it rolls out.

– Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell
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