Government has announced plans to end Buy One Get One Free offers have been postponed – days after Shipley MP Philip Davies demanded it be dropped branding the policy “utterly bonkers.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said a review into the implications ending the offers would have on both shoppers and businesses will continue and the policy would be revisited in October 2025.
The announcement comes in the same week Mr Davies raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament.
Mr Sunak said: “I firmly believe in people’s right to choose – and at a time when household budgets are under continuing pressure from the global rise in food prices, it is not fair for government to restrict the options available to consumers on their weekly shop.
“It is right that we consider carefully the impact on consumers and businesses, while ensuring we’re striking the balance with our important mission to reduce obesity and help people live healthier lives.”
Mr Davies has campaigned against this policy since it was first suggested in 2020 as part of a wider package to tackle childhood obesity.
He said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister has listened and that common sense has prevailed. I have always opposed this policy and believe people should be able to buy what they want and make their own choices. As I made clear to Rishi again this week, the policy is wrong on so many levels but given the fact we are in a cost of living crisis he has to act immediately and I am pleased he has.”
Mr Davies said he will continue pushing for the policy to be completely scrapped.