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‘Hypocrite’ health boss claims back £5.90 for short taxi ride after telling nation to exercise more

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Nannying Duncan Selbie has been branded a 'hypocrite' after claiming back the meagre fare from Manchester Central Convention Complex to the city’s Piccadilly station

ENGLAND’S top public health boss lectured an NHS conference on the importance of exercise — then took a taxi to a train station less than a mile away.

Nannying Duncan Selbie has been branded a “hypocrite” after claiming the £5.90 fare from Manchester Central Convention Complex to the city’s Piccadilly station on expenses.

 Duncan Selbie claimed the £5.90 taxi on expenses after giving a lecture on the importance of exercise

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Duncan Selbie claimed the £5.90 taxi on expenses after giving a lecture on the importance of exercise

His claim says he was “time limited”. However the journey — a mile by car and 0.8miles on foot — is quicker if walked at the “brisk” pace he tells the nation to adopt.

Documents show he also put in two London taxi receipts months earlier for £6.20 and £7.80.

The start and end points are not specified but the Transport for London website says passengers should expect this fare to take them less than one mile.

Last night Christopher Snowdon, from the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “It’s another case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’.

 Selbie spoke about exercise at an NHS conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex

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Selbie spoke about exercise at an NHS conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex

“If Mr Selbie is too lazy to walk, he should pay for a cab out of his £220,000-a-year pay.”
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “I have made that journey many times and it is easily walkable.”
Mr Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, spoke to the conference in September.
PHE said: “He only takes a taxi for work where unavoidable.”

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