Kerry Mccarthy

Coffee Cups: The Unfiltered Story

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The takeaway coffee habit is now part of most people's lives. What people didn't previously realise is that of the seven million coffee cups used each day in the UK, only 1% of them are recycled. People think they are recyclable, and technically they are - but it is too difficult and expensive to separate the inner plastic membrane from the cardboard, and so they end up in landfill or are incinerated.

Ministers Need to Be Clear That Communities Stand to Benefit From EU Solidarity Fund

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

It is time for the Government to come clean and tell the families and businesses hit by devastating floods in December and January whether or not they'll get the cash expected from the EU Solidarity Fund or whether it'll simply be swallowed up by the Treasury.

The Government Needs to Stop Passing the Buck on Air Pollution

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Air pollution disproportionately affects more deprived communities and restricts the life chances of the next generation by impairing children's development. People are angry and the government needs to act. And this is not just an issue for the Department of Transport. It is the Environment Secretary who is responsible for clean air, despite her silence on the topic.

Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse... Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.

The Government's 'Dangerous' Plan To Scrap Animal Welfare Codes Isn't Over Yet

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of "washing its hands entirely of its responsibility" after it emerged that it was planning to scrap animal welfare gu...

Flood Defence Funding Rules 'Not Fit For Purpose'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics

Poor and rural areas vulnerable to flooding risk missing out on new defences because the method the Government uses to carve up funding is “not fit ...

Kerry McCarthy Refuses To Back Down On Meat-Eating Dangers

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics

Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy has refused to back down on her view that meat eaters should be treated the same as tobacco smokers in pub...

Brexit Is Not the Answer for Floods or Farmers

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has a habit of finding others to blame for Government failures. He notoriously accused the badgers of 'moving the goalposts' to excuse the badger cull shambles under his watch. Now he seems to be saying that Britain's membership of the European Union is to blame for the floods.

It's Time We Lifted the Lid on the Supermarket Supply Chain

Rosie Boycott | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Rosie Boycott

Many businesses waste more food in a day than a consumer wastes in a year. We need to stop the rot. Roughly a third of the food grown worldwide is wa...

It's Time the Environment Secretary Started Taking Air Pollution Seriously

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The Environment Secretary has failed to act. Her silence is a complete abdication of responsibility. She should be leading an urgent, cross-Departmental response to bring air pollution down to safe levels. Re-doing the consultation and making genuine efforts to engage on air quality must be the first step, for which she will have Labour's full support.

Animals Deserve Even More Than a Vegan Shadow Minister

Alasdair Cochrane | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alasdair Cochrane

The appointment last week of a vegan - Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy - as shadow DEFRA Minister has caused something of a stir. Perhaps predictably, farming groups and representatives are said to be shocked that someone with such views could hold such a role.

Corbyn's Vegan Agriculture Minister Reveals Why Badger Cull Won't Work

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Vegan MP Kerry McCarthy has told critics that her eating habits have nothing to do with her opposition to the badger cull, as scrutiny builds on her a...

Britain Must Think About Its Relationship With Burma Over the Treatment of the Rohingyas

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

While the EU continues to struggle with the Mediterranean refugee crisis, South East Asia has been facing a potential catastrophe as Burma's Rohingya flee their homes in search of safety across the Andaman Sea. The scenes of thousands of people stranded on boats and the harrowing discovery of mass graves have recently commanded the world's attention, but the Rohingya minority's desperation is not new and they are no strangers to injustice.

The Threat to Marine Animals From Ghost Fishing

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The campaign is calling upon local beach users, coastal walkers, divers and ocean lovers to take photos of ghost fishing gear they find littering the coastline. This evidence will be presented to Government and seafood companies to show the environmental impact, and then to push for further action.

The International Community Has a Responsibility to Challenge Qatar's Human Rights Record

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Qatar must allow international safety experts to assess the death toll so far and ensure that not one more person dies needlessly. If London 2012 could host an entire Olympics with no work-related fatalities, then Qatar can do the same for the World Cup. It's all down to will and political leadership.

Royal Opera House Leads Backlash Over Javid's Ticket Tout Support

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Sajid Javid is facing a growing backlash from arts and sports organisations over his praise for ticket touts as "classic entrepreneu...

Asa Bennett

PM Under Fire Over Top Donor's Links To Sri Lankan Regime | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire after it emerged that one of the Tory Party's top donors, Lycamobile, has close links to the Sri Lanka's President M...

President Thein Sein's Visit: An Opportunity the Prime Minister Must Seize

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

As a leading aid donor to Burma, it is right that we acknowledge and encourage the progress to date, but the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will be failing in their responsibilities if they are not frank about the clear shortcomings.

Government Accused Over 'Exploited' Jubilee Workers

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK Politics

Lord Prescott has accused the government of exploiting cheap labour after unpaid workers bussed into London for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations were ...

Labour MP Lambasts Jubilee 'Slave Labour'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Politics

A Labour MP is demanding answers from a security firm and charity after reports they bussed jobless people into London to work under appalling conditi...

Kerry McCarthy MP Labels Passenger 'Oaf We Should Have Killed When We Had The Chance'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Politics

A Labour MP who was previously the party's 'Twitter Tsar' may have been caught out by the social media site after describing one of her fellow train p...

Hopping Mad: Kangaroo Court Replaces 'Sexist Beer' In Parliament Bar

Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

A parliamentary bar has reacted after a beer deemed to be "sexist" was pulled from its taps by installing a new flavour - Kangaroo Court. The Stran...