Vegan MPs

The recent General Election threw up plenty of surprises, and several milestones were passed. A record 201 female MPs were elected, for the first time a majority of MPs were educated at comprehensive schools, and the first ‘Darren’ took his seat in the House of Commons.

What is less well known about the new MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, is that he is a vegan (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/who-is-darren-jones-election-56940). Mr Jones attributes his veganism to neighbouring MP and fellow vegan Kerry McCarthy, who retained her Bristol East seat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_McCarthy). Further afield, long standing vegan Chris Williamson regained the marginal seat of Derby North (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Williamson_(politician)) and, completing the vegan parliamentary line-up, Christina Rees, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, retained her Neath seat (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/11-facts-about-christina-rees-12599722).

All four vegan MPs are members of the Labour Party, and they might be expected to play an active role in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism (http://vegappg.org.uk/). Christina Rees and Kerry McCarthy were officers of the group in the previous parliament, along with the anti-hunting Conservative MP for Crawley Henry Smith, and Green Party Life Peer Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb.

Paul Appleby

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