New group Vegan Conservatives recently formed in the United Kingdom to promote veganism within the country’s Conservative Party. Made up of party members, councillors, and activists from across the UK, the Vegan Conservatives is considered the vegan caucus of the Conservative Party.
As part of the launch of the group, Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the country have signed up for Veganuary—an annual challenge that encourages people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January and beyond. MP participants in Veganuary include Henry Smith, MP (Crawley); Mark Garnier, MP (Wyre Forest); John Baron, MP (Basildon and Billericay); Christian Wakeford, MP (Bury South); Andrea Jenkyns, MP (Morley and Outwood); Matthew Offord, MP (Hendon); Ben Spencer, MP (Runnymede and Weybridge); James Daly, MP (Bury North); and Dean Russell, MP (Watford).
“We’re thrilled that so many Conservative MPs are going vegan for January, and to officially launch the new Vegan Conservatives group. At the heart of Conservatism is a desire to conserve and protect our environment. Moving towards a plant-based food system is critical if we are to prevent dangerous climate change, reduce pandemic risk, and protect animals,” Andrew Boff, spokesperson for the Vegan Conservatives, said. “The modern vegan movement was born here in the UK, and as Vegan Conservatives we want to build on, and expand, this proud British tradition. We look forward to working with party members, activists, councillors and MPs to champion the case for veganism, and to working with the government to advocate for policies which help protect the planet, animals, and public health.”