After the 2024 national election in the UK held on 4th July, the number of vegan or plant-based MPs in the UK Parliament likely increased from five to at least six (about 1% of MPs).

At least six suspected vegan MPs just joined the House of Commons this July. The uncertainty comes from some MPs who may claim to be vegan, but they may not truly be vegan (being only vegetarian or plant-based). It is also possible that some of these may have continued their veganisation process and may now be vegan. There may be other new MPs who are vegan, but this is not yet publicly known (as happened with previous elections). In any case, the UK remains one of the countries with more vegans in prominent political positions, and now that the Labour Party is in power, some of these vegan MPs may become ministers.

Kerry McCarthy MP is the UK’s longest-serving vegan parliamentarian (from Labour), and she won her Bristol East seat comfortably. There are no doubts about her commitment to the veganism cause.

Alison McGovern is a vegan MP for the Labour Party and was an animal advocate before becoming a politician. She was already an MP in the previous Parliament, and she kept the seat with 52% of the vote.

Carla Denyer MP, now the co-leader of the Green Party, is also vegan, and she won with 57% of the vote to 33% for Thangam Debbonaire, the former Labour MP for Bristol Central who was also vegan —  this is possibly the first case when a vegan candidate beats in the election another vegan MP, showing how much veganism has grown in Bristol if even citizens have a choice of vegan politicians to vote.  

Nadia Whittome MP was an interesting case in the last parliament as her being vegan was only revealed after the election. She was the youngest MP when elected then, and she won her seat again in 2024.

Claire Hazelgrove MP of the Labour Party for Filton and Bradley Stoke confirmed after the election that she is also vegan, becoming a new vegan MP.

Adrian Ramsay MP from the Green Party is a new vegan MP for Waveney Valley, a new constituency. She won with 42% of votes.

The case of Darren Jones MP from Labour is the most doubtful. He won in the 2017 elections, and he won again this time with almost half the votes. He publicly says he is vegan and went vegan for climate change reasons in 2014, but in 2018 he confessed to occasionally eating animal cheese — making him a flexitarian rather than a vegan. However, perhaps he has turned out plant-based now, or even vegan, and the number of vegan MPs has grown to seven. He has become a minister, being appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Christina Rees, a vegan MP who was first elected in 2015, is retiring at the age of 70, so did not run in the 2024 election. Several other vegan candidates did not win any seat, such as Sasha Jolliffe (Animal Welfare Party), Shâo-Lan Yuen (Green Party), Laura Edie (Green Party), Chris Williamson (Workers’ Party), Prof Andrew Knight (Animal Welfare Party), Gavin Ridley (Animal Welfare Party), and Hannah Perkin (Liberal Democrats Party).

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Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.