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Last Updated: Friday March 18 2005 11:32 GMT

PM backs better school dinners

Jamie Oliver
TV chef Jamie Oliver's campaign to get kids eating healthier school meals has won backing from the government.

Prime Minister Tony Blair was grilled on the issue by James Kneen, 11, when he visited a Gloucestershire school.

Mr Blair said Jamie's campaign "showed what can be done". The Prime Minister added: "We are working on trying to change school dinners."

More than 130 MPs of all parties are supporting a call for processed food to be banned from schools.

Commons leader Peter Hain said: "I think we are indebted to Jamie Oliver for championing decent, good diets, rather than some of the junk food that too many of our children take in."

Mr Blair said that kids should look up to sports stars as role models on how to have a healthy diet.

"The footballers now pay a great deal of attention to their diets and it should be the same for young people too," he said.

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