Child Poverty Action Group – a leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children – has named Karen as the May addition to their shortlist for MP of the Year.
CPAG makes the nominations on the basis of the individual they believe has made the most important contribution to the child poverty agenda and welfare rights in the preceding two months. The winner will be chosen from the shortlist at the end of 2009.
Karen Buck was chosen for the May 2009 issue for her standout speech at the Report Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill; and her article for the influential Labour campaign group, Progress, calling on the Chancellor to recognise that ending child poverty is not only a moral imperative but can also help us beat the recession by providing low-income families with money to spend in their local communities.
Commenting on the nomination, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Kate Green, said: "Karen is a tireless campaigner on child poverty in parliament. Her article calling for the Budget to help struggling families in the recession was an important reminder of the economic sense it makes to boost the cash economies of communities feeling the crunch most of all. Her impressive speech when MPs debate new welfare reforms cut through party politics to the heart of the problems lone parents face who want work, but will not be guaranteed the support and childcare needed to get a decent job."
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