A “scrooge” politician who called for the Coca-Cola truck to be banned from Liverpool has urged the public to back a rival brand’s festive vehicle – which will arrive in the city BEFORE the red famous lorry.

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Kemp sparked an angry reaction when he said the annual visit of the Coca-Cola Christmas truck to Liverpool One next Tuesday and Wednesday should be cancelled – describing it as a “cynical event” that promotes an unhealthy lifestyle for children.

And now he and his party colleagues are urging people to instead turn out for the visit of a vehicle promoting a rival “healthier” cola brand in Liverpool – which will take place a day before the Coca-cola truck’s arrival.

Samples of new product Green Cola will be handed out in central Liverpool on Monday morning via “one of the world’s longest bicycle trailers, festooned with Christmas lights.”

UK firm Green Room Brands described its product as a “healthier alternative” to sugary soft drinks which it says contains no sugar, preservatives or aspartame – instead using the natural sweetener Stevia.

Cllr Kemp said he is “delighted” that Green Cola will be visiting Liverpool, adding: “Their visit promotes a product that is much healthier than their rivals. They are also a small UK company whose profits are recycled in this country.”

Hundreds turn out to see the Coca-Cola in Liverpool

He added: “A council’s role in public health is not to ban…

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