Leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has confirmed he is eating more vegan food, despite not yet being fully vegan yet.
The Labour leader who has been vegetarian for many decades said that the quality of plant based food has improved greatly since he first went meat-free.
It was a question from workers at the cruelty-free brand Lush cosmetics, asking Corbyn whether he was trying to make “the next logical step to veganism” because as one employee commented: “Britain’s first vegan Prime Minister would be something worth fighting for.”
Corbyn replied: “It’s a fair question. I eat more and more vegan food, and have more and more vegan friends. 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.
He explained: “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 all right? I won’t go any further than that.”
Previously, Corbyn has spoken about what made him stop eating meat nearly 50 years ago, when he got attached to one of the animals destined for slaughter on a pig farm.
Labour have stated that despite the reports, the party leader is not adopting a completely vegan diet.
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