Kerry McCarthy is the Member of Parliament for Bristol East, and was first elected in 2005. Her 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, she worked as a lawyer and on political campaigns.
She 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).
She 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.
Image credit: Lisa Whiting