EALING Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq has won a breakthrough with the announcement of a public health campaign to promote Vitamin D’s potential benefits in fighting COVID-19. 

She and David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, had been calling for the Health Secretary to review the evidence on Vitamin D.

Matt Hancock has now agreed to commission research after initially dismissing its potential benefits.

He also assured the Ealing MP, in a Commons statement: “We will be increasing the public messaging around Vitamin D, to make sure people get the message that it can help with your broad health and that there is no downside to taking it.”

In a joint statement Ms Huq and Mr Davis said: “What needs to happen now is all the groups that are Vitamin D-deficient and susceptible to COVID-19, including the elderly, black and ethnic minorities, the obese and those with diabetes, should be given free Vitamin D supplements as a matter of urgency.”

Rupa Huq is reluctantly supporting Tier 2 restrictions in London but says she is not convinced it will stem the tide of COVID cases in the capital.