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Walliams calls for end to hunger

David Walliams has joined 100 schoolchildren at Downing Street to urge the Prime Minister to help end global hunger.

The Britain's Got Talent judge called on David Cameron to lead the way in tackling the malnutrition crisis in some of the world's poorest countries.

The comedian and Britain's Got Talent judge pushed for "bold action" to help change children's lives.

He said: "Now is the time for our Government to go further and show the rest of the world's leaders that we're serious about ending global hunger and poor nutrition.

"As part of my work for Comic Relief, I've seen first-hand the devastating impact that hunger and malnutrition have on children, denying them the opportunity to grow, play and learn."

He added: "It's up to all of us to show we want an end to hunger."

The Prime Minister was presented with hand-crafted plates by each of the children, representing more than 30,000 plates that have been decorated by youngsters across the UK ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland and a Nutrition for Growth event hosted by the British Government this weekend.

David Bull, executive director of Unicef and spokesman for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, said action was imperative to combat the "silent scandal of malnutrition".

"Investing in nutrition is not only the right thing to do for millions of children and their families, its also one of the most cost-effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and is critical in order to help countries develop and prosper," he said.

The IF campaign is calling on those at Saturday's Nutrition for Growth Summit to pledge an additional billion US dollars a year to help end the issue of hunger across the world.

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