Girl's school dinner blog ban lifted
A controversial ban preventing a nine-year-old girl from photographing her school dinners for her blog has been lifted.
Martha Payne, from Argyll, got more than two million hits on her NeverSeconds blog in just a few weeks.
She was praised by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for contributing to the debate over the quality of school meals.
But then Argyll and Bute Council banned her from taking any more pictures, saying press coverage of the blog had led catering staff to fear for their jobs.
However, council leader Roddy McCuish has now told the BBC that he has instructed senior officials to lift the ban immediately.
He said: "It is a good thing to do, to change your mind, and I have certainly done that."
Martha began publishing photographs of her lunches at Lochgilphead Primary School on 30 April.
She gave each meal a 'food-o-meter' and health rating, and counted the number of mouthfuls it took her to eat it.
But Martha this week revealed that her headteacher had told her not to take any more photographs for the blog.
Under the headline "Goodbye", the post stated: "This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office.
"I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today."
The council's decision to impose the ban came after the Daily Record published a photograph of Martha under the headline "Time to fire the dinner ladies."