Banning soft drinks from school vending machines should be matched by a ban on junk food advertising on children's TV. We have for far too long allowed the food and drink industry to influence our children through an unending barrage of junk food advertising.
The more children are persuaded to consume soft drinks the more they become obese and vulnerable to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. As parents we now face the prospect of seeing our children suffer with premature chronic diseases and even outliving them. As a society we will have to pay dearly for the increasing cost of NHS treatment.
The food and drink industry will not be paying for this just collecting huge profits. Last year it spent half a billion pounds on advertising.
Just like the once-powerful cigarette companies whose advertising was everywhere, the junk food industry will, I hope, have to carry health warnings one day and school-time advertising will be banned from our TVs.
Deputy mayor of London
Green member of London Assembly Chair of London Food City Hall, London SE1