*Parliament has now been dissolved until the General Election. Therefore there are currently no Members of Parliament. Kerry McCarthy is the Labour candidate for Bristol East and was previously elected as the MP at the 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Please note that the bio below was written when Kerry was still an MP*
Kerry is the Member of Parliament for Bristol East, and was first elected in 2005. Kerry was the first vegan MP in the House of Commons and has been a vegan for more than 25 years. Kerry’s main policy areas of interest are: sustainability and the environment, food policy, the economy, tackling poverty, international aid and trade, transport, and animal welfare.
Before being elected to Parliament Kerry worked as a lawyer and on political campaigns.
Kerry is a member of the Environmental Audit and the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committees, and is Chair of the Agroecology and Food Waste All-Party Parliamentary Groups. She previously served as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Sep 2015 – June 2016), and prior to that as Shadow Foreign Office Minister (covering human rights and climate change).
Kerry co-founded Feeding Bristol, which recently registered as a charity and works with stakeholders across the city to alleviate hunger in our community. She is a patron of the Music Venue Trust and FoodCycle and is a Vice-Chair of a number of APPGs including Agriculture and Food for Development, Fruit and Vegetable Farmers, Music, Protect Our Waves (supported by Surfers Against Sewage) and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights.