Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, has hinted that he may be eating more vegan meals as a result of improvements to vegan food.
Corbyn has been a vegetarian for nearly fifty years but has not, as yet, removed eggs or milk from his diet and there have been claims that he occasionally eats fish. Corbyn attributes his vegetarianism to his work on a pig farm in his late teens when he became attached to the pigs that he was working with.
The politician was asked by employees at Lush cosmetics if he was going to make “the logical next step to veganism”.
Corbyn replied: “It’s a fair question. I eat more and more vegan food, and have more and more vegan friends, indeed there are quite a lot of vegan MPs actually — not a lot but there are some.
“I think what has improved so much is vegetarian and vegan food has got so much better in recent years.
“I got fed up of going on a plane in the 80s and everyone would get their regulation rubber chicken and whatever with it.
“I would say ‘where is my lunch?’ and they would say ‘yours is a special meal’, like there is something badly wrong with you and they would bring this thing along. It was usually pretty grim when it got there.
“The food has got a lot better and vegan food — one of my close relatives has just become a vegan and I went to her house for dinner and it was absolutely brilliant.
“So I’m going through the process alright? I won’t go any further than that.”
A Labour Party spokeswoman told the Metro: “Jeremy Corbyn isn’t turning vegan. There’s been a bit of mischief in the reporting of what he said… He actually meant that he is “in the process” of eating more vegan food. That’s all.”
It remains to be seen if the Labour leader will commit to a fully vegan lifestyle.