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Boris Johnson has praised vegans – but says he isn’t doing Veganuary as it takes ‘too much concentration’.

The prime minister made the comments during an interview with BBC Breakfast.

Veganuary

Presenter Dan Walker asked Johnson about his 2020 resolution to lose weight – and asked if he would be ditching meat and dairy products from his diet.

“No, I’m not, no I’m not. I had thought of it – but it requires so much concentration,” Johnson replied.

“I do take my hat off to vegans who can handle it, who can manage to avoid non-vegan products…You can’t eat cheese can you? You can’t eat cheese if you’re a vegan? It’s just a crime against…cheese lovers.”

Plant-based diet

Last year, it was reported that the Conservative politician told a fellow MP that he was ‘toying with going vegan’, saying ‘I’m trying it out’. 

He reportedly added that he lost 12lb in two weeks after ditching meat, eggs, and dairy.

However, even if Johnson did try out the plant-based diet, it is unlikely to be persuaded by the ethical argument, as someone who has previously voiced support for bloodsports – including fox hunting and bullfighting – in the past.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.