Born Christopher Williamson on September 16, 1956. He
is a British Labour Party politician. He has been a member of the Labour
Party since 1976. In 2010, he was elected as the Member of Parliament
(MP) for Derby North.
He was inspired to go into politics because of
people like Martin Luther King and is an anti-poverty and animal welfare
campaigner. He is on the board of trustees of the organization
League Against Cruel
Sports. His website can be found at
Quotes by Chris Williamson:
|"I have been a vegan since the mid 1970s.
I was just concerned about the cruelty associated with the veal
trade. I was a vegetarian first of all and felt there was some
inconsistency between being a vegetarian and continuing to drink
dairy products. It was really on that basis that I decided that
it would be the appropriate step to take."
|"I gave up alcohol when I was
17, on my 17th birthday. I stopped smoking when I was 18 and
became vegetarian when I was 19 and subsequently went on to
|He was present during a
debate in the House of Commons led by Kerry McCarthy on
World Vegan Day in 2011. During the debate, he also spoke and said the
|"Does my honourable Friend
agree that the case for eating less meat or becoming vegan is
reinforced by the fact that major companies are buying up vast
tracts of land in developing nations to grow grain for animals,
displacing subsistence farmers from their land? When 2 billion
people on this planet are going hungry every night, would it not
be better to use the food that we produce more efficiently by
feeding it directly to human beings, rather than to animals,
which is an inefficient way of using land?"
Quotes are from his
2011 interview on Vegan Option and
the transcript of the 2011 debate.