Karen Buck was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Westminster North at the General Election on 12 December 2019 with a majority of 10,759.
Karen has served as the Member of Parliament for Westminster North since 2010, and was previously MP for Regent’s Park and Kensington North from 1997 to 2010 when the boundaries changed.
She is currently Shadow Minister for Social Security and has held a number of other jobs in Government and in Opposition. These include Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department of Transport, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, Shadow Minister for Education and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband (2013-2015)
Prior to the 2019 election, Karen served on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and is on the Panel of Chairs.
In December 2018 Karen Buck’s Private Member’s Bill received Royal Assent as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which came into force on 20 March 2019. Tenants can now take landlords to court if they fail to let or maintain property in a condition that is fit for human habitation.
Karen’s campaign interests include housing, urban regeneration, child welfare, climate change and legal aid. She is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid, co-chair of the APPG for Street Children and Vice Chair of the APPG for the Private Rented Sector.
Before becoming an MP, Karen worked in the charity sector and in local government, and served as a Westminster City Councillor.