Kerry McCarthy

Photo credit: Rwendland via Wikimedia Commons

Kerry McCarthy is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol East since 2005.

Kerry McCarthy has been a vegan for over 30 years, and in 2011 became the first MP to set out in Parliament the case for becoming vegan. She initiated the Food Waste Reduction Bill in the UK, and is an active member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She is also the Shadow Minister for Green Transport. Kerry is vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism, alongside Darren Jones and Christina Rees.

In 2019, Kerry launched Viva!‘s Vegan Now campaign at the Labour Party Conference.

I’m well-known for being a vegan. It will be 30 years by the end of 2021; a rare example of making a New Year’s Resolution and sticking to it. I’ve spoken frequently in Parliament about the links between our food system and the environment, and I’m pleased that these arguments – for which I was once roundly ridiculed! – are now gaining common currency.1McCarthy, K. 2021. About. Available: [Accessed 31 August 2021].


  • 1
    McCarthy, K. 2021. About. Available: [Accessed 31 August 2021].