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Martha Payne's school dinner blog banned by local council

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A highly-successful blog by a 9-year-old schoolgirl has been banned by a local council.

Martha Payne's blog NeverSeconds charts her school dinners each week, and has reached over 2 million hits worldwide and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

She had received praise for her campaign for a more healthy food choice at schools, with Jamie Oliver describing her as a "clever girl".

However, despite support from her school itself, the Argyll and Bute Council have decided to ban the seven-week-old blog due to negative publicity.

9-year-old Martha Payne with a laptop showing her blog 'NeverSeconds'

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Celebrity chef Nick Nairn slammed the "incredibly short-sighted" decision, while it has been met with uproar among the blog's fans online, and has become a trending topic on Twitter this morning (June 15).

Payne wrote on her latest post, named 'Goodbye': "This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office.

"I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today. I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos."

She added: "I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I'll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don't think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary's Meals either."

Jamie Oliver
Payne's father stated that her school - which he has so far declined to name - has always been supportive of the blog.

"Martha's school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I'd like to thank them all.

"I contacted Argyll and Bute Council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha's photography.

"It is a shame that a blog that today went through 2 million hits, which has inspired debates at home and abroad and raised nearly £2,000 for charity, is forced to end."

The school's teachers allowed Martha Payne to take photos of her £2 lunches, in order to post them on her blog under her 'Food-o-meter'.

Jamie Oliver had said of the blog: "Shocking but inspirational blog. Keep going. Big love from Jamie x"

A spokesperson for the council has yet to release a full statement regarding the ban.

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