Gavin Robinson

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Gavin Robinson is the DUP MP for Belfast East. He was first elected in 2015.

Health Benefits of Cranberries

In February 2016, Mr Robinson proposed Early Day Motion 1096: Health Benefits of Cranberries and the Sugar Tax, which stated:

That this House recognises the unique health benefits of cranberries and their role in preventing the incidence of urinary tract infections (UTls) in women and children; notes that at least half of all women will have a UTI during their lifetime and will subsequently be prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection; further notes that antimicrobial resistance is a growing issue of concern that unless tackled will make the most minor procedures dangerous, and overprescribing of antibiotics must be halted; takes note that if simple infections such as UTls can be prevented in the first place the need to prescribe antibiotics will be reduced; further recognises that, in their natural state, cranberries are low in natural sugar and high in acid and therefore need to be sweetened for palatability; is concerned that any measure to restrict the promotion of juices with added sugar could have a detrimental effect on beneficial consumption of cranberry juice; and calls on the Department of Health to exempt cranberry juice from any measures to restrict promotion on sweetened juices due to its exceptional health qualities.[1]

Mr Robinson was asked on Twitter what evidence he was basing his statement about the benefits of cranberries on:



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