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MPs: don't tax 'healthy' cranberry

By Richard Wheeler

Cranberry juice should be exempt from a future sugar tax due to its "exceptional health qualities", five MPs from Northern Ireland have told Parliament.

Campaigners want sugar-sweetened soft drinks to be targeted by the Government to tackle the country's obesity problem.

The DUP's Gavin Robinson has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament entitled "Health benefits of cranberries and the sugar tax", in which he calls on the Commons to recognise the "unique health benefits" of cranberries and their role in preventing urinary tract infections in women and children.

Mr Robinson has been backed by other DUP members and the SDLP's former leader Alasdair McDonnell.

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