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Cameron rejects calls for 'sugar tax' after major report

The Prime Minister has rejected calls from health experts for a tax on sugary food and drinks, despite a major report saying it could help tackle the UK's obesity crisis.

Downing Street said David Cameron had not read the Public Health England study suggesting a 10-20% tax, but added that he does not "see the need" for taxation on sugar.

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Cameron rejects 'sugar tax' without reading report

David Cameron has rejected calls for a tax on sugary food and drinks. Credit: PA

David Cameron has rejected calls for new taxation on sugary food and drinks but has not yet read a major report making the case for its introduction, Number 10 says.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "The Prime Minister's view remains that he doesn't see a need for a tax on sugar."

The study was originally pushed back by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who had planned to release it with a Government strategy on obesity later in the year.

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