Karen Buck has been the Member of Parliament for Westminster North since 2010.
In Parliament, Karen currently serves on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and on the Panel of Chairs. Karen previously sat on the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Karen was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. She also served as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and then for Education. Prior to boundary changes Karen was MP for Regent’s Park and Kensington North for 13 years between 1997 and 2010, and was the 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 Committee for Home Affairs and a member of the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families.
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 and later with the London Borough of Hackney. Her campaign interests include housing, urban regeneration, child welfare and climate change.
Karen is a long-term supporter and Patron of London Labour Housing Group.