Black pudding's health benefits 'should be debated in Commons'
Published 07/01/2016 | 12:36
Black pudding's health benefits should be debated by MPs after it was labelled a superfood, ministers have been told.
Conservative David Nuttall (Bury North) insisted the benefits of eating the "tasty delicacy" should be more widely known.
He pressed Commons Leader Chris Grayling to free up time in the chamber to discuss the issue.
Mr Nuttall's call follows newspaper reports which have cited black pudding as a "superfood".
Mr Grayling joked the issue of black pudding may have caused a new split among Labour shadow ministers, adding Lancashire makes great products which are tasty to eat "in moderation".
To laughter, Mr Nuttall asked Mr Grayling: "Can we please have a debate on the health benefits of eating black pudding?
"You will no doubt have seen reports this week that this tasty delicacy is full of protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc - so it is not only good for you, it's actually a superfood and a debate will enable us to ensure the benefits are more widely known."
Mr Grayling replied: "I think you have developed a split on the shadow frontbench in that there were nods of approval to black pudding from (shadow deputy Commons leader Melanie Onn) and a shout of 'fat' from (shadow Commons leader Chris Bryant) so I'm not sure they're both of the same view on this.
"I remember very fondly walking around Bury Market with you, looking at the fine black puddings on sale there.
"There are some great products made in Lancashire and they are tasty to eat perhaps in moderation."