Freelancer Journalist, UK

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Today Jeremy Corbyn spoke at an event hosted by the environmentally friendly cosmetics brand Lush. The brand is well known for providing a whole host of soaps, bath bombs and hair products that are suitable for vegans as well as kind to the environment.

Corbyn announced at the event that he is in the process of becoming a vegan, after following a vegetarian diet for many years. The comment came after someone asked him the question as to when he was going to ‘make the logical next step into veganism.’

It’s a fair question,’ Corbyn responded, ‘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.’

Corbyn praised the vegan movement and is thrilled by how much it has been growing recently.

The Labour leader went on to say that ‘vegetarian and vegan food has got so much better in recent years.’ The vegan food that he has eaten, he seems to have enjoyed thoroughly. ‘One of my close relatives has just become a vegan,’ says Corbyn, ‘I went to her house for dinner and it was absolutely brilliant.’

Although Corbyn’s aides have been quick to suggest that he was not being serious about his remarks, but was answering a question lightheartedly, his comments seem to suggest that, although he is not vegan yet, he understands that it is in fact the ‘logical next step’.

He commented that ‘I’m going through a process, alright? I won’t go any further than that.’

However, his interest in the vegan movement, and choice to eat ‘more and more vegan food’ suggest that he is well on his way to becoming a vegan.

After all, veganism is a process for everyone.

Image credit: Benjamin Studebaker | Indy 100

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