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Jamie Oliver threatens Johnson with ‘Eton Mess’ protest over anti-obesity U-turn

Jamie Oliver has threatened to stage an ‘Eton Mess’ protest over the Government’s U-turn on its anti-obesity strategy (Jamie Oliver Productions/Plum Pictures)
Jamie Oliver has threatened to stage an ‘Eton Mess’ protest over the Government’s U-turn on its anti-obesity strategy (Jamie Oliver Productions/Plum Pictures)

Jamie Oliver has threatened to stage an “Eton Mess” protest over the Government’s U-turn on its anti-obesity strategy, telling Boris Johnson he has “36 hours” to correct his “mistake”.

The celebrity chef called on members of the public to gather outside Downing Street on Friday with bowls of the dessert “invented in that very privileged place” where the Prime Minister went to school.

The Government’s decision to delay a ban on two-for-one deals on unhealthy foods has come under fire from health campaigners including Mr Oliver, who has called it a “wasted opportunity” that erodes the country’s efforts to tackle obesity.

The celebrity chef also said a ban on TV junk food adverts before a 9pm watershed, which has also been put on hold for a year, was key to protecting child health.

Addressing the Prime Minister in a video posted to Instagram, Mr Oliver said: “I would love to give you the opportunity if possible to realise that it’s OK to make a mistake. What I’d like to say to you is you’ve got 36 hours to go back on your U-turn on your own law that your Government put in place.”

He added: “We are not the enemy. It’s actually your own people internally who are trying to get your job and backstab and stir.”