Lib Dems slate Strictly Come Dancing bid to beat obesity

Plans by Labour health secretary Alan Johnson to recruit the Strictly Come Dancing judges into a dance group working to fight obesity have been slated by the Lib Dems.

Photograph: iStockphoto/ Vasiliki Varvaki
Photograph: iStockphoto/ Vasiliki Varvaki

Shadow Lib Dem health secretary Norman Lamb said: ‘The idea that the government can waltz the nation to fitness by central direction is ludicrous.

‘While it is important for people to get regular exercise, which can include dancing, these are not serious announcements – they are government by gimmick.’

Mr Johnson told the Sunday Times he was impressed by John Sargeant losing two stone during his 10-week appearance on the show last year.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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