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Labour 'Plans Booze And Junk Food Crackdown'
Tough restrictions on the sale and advertising of alcohol, junk food and tobacco would be imposed under a Labour government, according to a leaked policy document.
It also contains plans to end sports sponsorship by drinks firms, a minimum alcohol pricing in a bid to cut the impact of drinking on health and restrictions on where drinks could be sold in supermarkets.
Included are new laws to limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food aimed at children, and a ban on junk food advertising on television before the 9pm watershed.
A ban on smoking in cars with children present is another measure advocated, as is the introduction of plain packaging.
The Mail On Sunday reports that the plans are detailed in a report to the "society" sub-group of the party's shadow cabinet, a copy of which the paper has obtained.
The ban on sports sponsorship by drinks companies would cost the sporting world £300m a year, the paper reports.
According to the document, measures to combat obesity could include a ban on some high-sugar breakfast cereals and removing sweets from supermarket checkouts.
A Labour spokesman said the leaked paper "represents a wide range of options" but was not official policy.
The party's shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, told Sky News' Murnaghan programme "a lot" of the story - which called the suggestions a "nanny state" plan that is causing a revolt in the party - is "garbage".
"Actually, what we want to do is to help people lead more healthy lives.
"It's not about forcing and imposing your view on people, we actually want to empower them to be able to live more healthy lives."
But Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said the ideas were a case of "the same old Labour".
He said: "They claim they're worried about prices - but want to put up the cost of a drink.
"Not only would that make a drink after work more expensive, it would hit pubs hard, putting many out of business.
"It's becoming clearer every day that Ed Miliband just offers more of the same old Labour, and no economic plan to secure Britain's future."