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.