The Tories yesterday announced plans to fight growing obesity levels by getting more children involved in sport.

Shadow culture, sport and media secretary Hugo Swire said the party was commissioning an independent review of sporting facilities for youngsters.

"We want to make sure our young people have access to regular organised sports facilities in the community," he said.

"It's time to ... get our children off the couch and on to the sports field."

At the Conservative conference in Bournemouth, Mr Swire accused the Government of staging the largest cut in cultural funding in history by "stealing" more than £3 billion from the National Lottery.

Money destined for the arts and sport was being "diverted to shore up Gordon Brown's spending" at a time when grassroots sport was "in crisis".