Karen Buck is the Labour Member of Parliament for Westminster North and is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband. She served as Member of Parliament for Regent's Park and Kensington North (Central London) between 1997 and 2010. Karen was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport from May 2005 - March 2006. She has been a 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 recognition of her work to alleviate conditions of young families living in poverty.
Before entering parliament Karen studied at the London School of Economics before going on to work for a charity specialising in employment for disabled people and later in the same field at the London Borough of Hackney.