Labour appoints food waste champion to shadow Defra role

Posted on 2nd October, 2015

Kerry McCarthy, the MP for Bristol West, was appointed shadow Environment Secretary by Jeremy Corbyn following his election as Labour leader last month.

A champion of laws to tackle food waste, vegan Ms McCarthy steps down from several Parliamentary roles to take up the position, including her chairmanship of the All-Party Food Waste Group.Kerry McCarthy

A patron of food poverty charity FoodCycle, the MP recently introduced the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill in Parliament, which gained support from waste and resources minister Rory Stewart and is due to have its second reading in January 2016.

Speaking at an event to introduce the bill, Ms McCarthy said she believed more waste could be cut from supermarkets “if we have government in the driving seat to push things forward”

And, commenting on her first front bench appointment since being elected to Parliament in 2005, Ms McCarthy said she wants to “encourage popular environmentalism, that starts in local communities but also broadens out into the pressing global issues such as climate change”.

Working alongside Ms McCarthy, Brent North MP Barry Gardiner remains as Shadow Environment Minister, while veteran Hemsworth MP John Trickett takes over as Shadow Communities Secretary.

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn appointed Lisa Nandy MP as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle as Shadow Business Secretary.