Image of Karen Buck MP
Image of Karen Buck MP

Karen was first elected to Parliament in 1997. She has been the MP for Westminster North since 2010 and for Regent’s Park and Kensington North for 13 years from 1997 to 2010.

Her Private Members’ Bill has now received Royal Assent as The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and becomes into force at the end of March 2019. It gives tenants, in both social and private sectors, the ability to take action against landlords letting unfit properties.

In Parliament, Karen currently serves on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and on the Panel of Chairs.  She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, and also served as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and then for Education. In the Labour Government she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport.

She has a breadth of experience and knowledge across Parliament as a former Regional Assistant to the Minister for London, a member of the Select Committees for Home Affairs, for Children, Schools and Families, for Work and Pension and for Education.

Karen was named Child Poverty Action Group’s MP of the Year in 2009 in recognition of her work to alleviate conditions of young families living in poverty.

Before entering parliament, Karen studied at the London School of Economics and went on to work for a charity specialising in employment for disabled people. She continued in this field of work later with the London Borough of Hackney. Her campaign interests include housing, urban regeneration, child welfare and climate change.

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