A government minister has said he will go vegan for a day to mark a spiritual leader’s birthday.

Lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is launching a campaign for people to not eat any animal products on Wednesday, the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

Lewes MP Norman Baker, who also a minister for transport, is among those to have signed up.

PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi said: “By promoting animal-free foods, Norman Baker is sending a powerful message to his constituents about the importance of non-violence towards all living beings – humans and other species alike.

“If Gandhi were alive today, we're sure he'd be encouraged by the greatness of this public servant's compassionate action.”