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- 11th May to 2nd June 2020
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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Karen Buck’s voting in Parliament
Karen Buck is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.
However, Karen Buck sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:
We have lots more plain English analysis of Karen Buck’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Karen Buck’s full vote analysis page for more.
Karen Buck has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding was allocated to his Department’s Excellence Plan to improve customer service performance in the (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23 financial year.
Soaring childcare costs are indeed a major barrier to parents seeking to return to the workplace. Parents seeking to take a job may find that they have to have at least £1,000 in the bank in advance to pay for the first month’s childcare. Can the Minister explain how a parent on universal credit who wants to move back into work is supposed to fund those up-front childcare costs and then...
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the paper entitled Completing the move to Universal Credit: Learning from the Discovery Phase, published by his Department on 10 January 2023, whether his Department has taken steps to support legacy benefit claimants who did not make a claim for Universal Credit within three months of their migration notice and had their...
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Labour MP for Westminster North
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented Regent's Park and Kensington North
Topics of interest
Karen Buck campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Work and Pensions
- Communities and Local Government
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Education and Skills
- Housing Benefit
- Universal Credit
- Social Security Benefits
- Social Rented Housing
Currently held offices
- Member, Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill Committee (since 7 Sep 2022)
- Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (since 14 May 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (2 Mar 2020 to 29 Jun 2021)
- Member, Panel of Chairs (15 Jan 2020 to 27 Jan 2022)
- Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (30 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Panel of Chairs (22 Jun 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Human Rights (Joint Committee) (28 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Panel of Chairs (14 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (8 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)
- Shadow Minister (Education) (7 Oct 2011 to 16 Apr 2013)
- Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Nov 2010)
- Chair, London Regional Select Committee (15 Dec 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, London Regional Select Committee (14 Dec 2009 to 15 Dec 2009)
- Member, Children, Schools and Families Committee (2 Nov 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Home Affairs Committee (17 Jul 2006 to 14 Dec 2009)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) (10 May 2005 to 16 Mar 2006)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
- Member, Committee of Selection (3 Dec 1998 to 5 Nov 2001)
- Member, Social Security Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
- Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill Committee (0 out of 1)
- Chairman, Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Committee (0 out of 3)
- Fire Safety Bill Committee (2 out of 2)
- Chairman, Domestic Abuse Bill Committee (6 out of 12)
- Pension Schemes Bill Committee (3 out of 4)
- Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill Committee (0 out of 1)
- Chairman, Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill Committee (4 out of 8)
- Chairman, Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill Committee (1 out of 3)
- Chairman, High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Committee (1 out of 2)
- Chairman, Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill Committee (0 out of 3)
- Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill Committee (0 out of 1)
- Homelessness Reduction Bill Committee (6 out of 7)
- Chairman, Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Chairman, Pension Schemes Bill Committee (2 out of 4)
- Chairman, Enterprise Bill Committee (3 out of 16)
- National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill Committee (5 out of 13)
- Welfare Reform Bill Committee (26 out of 26)
- Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Child Poverty Bill Committee (10 out of 10)
- Law Commission Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill Committee (0 out of 1)
- Climate Change Bill Committee (9 out of 10)
- Greater London Authority Bill Committee (9 out of 9)
- Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill Committee (2 out of 2)
- Civil Aviation Bill Committee (3 out of 3)
- Housing Bill Committee (14 out of 19)
- Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
- Tax Credits Bill Committee (5 out of 6)
- Tax Credits Committee (2 out of 2)
- Homelessness Bill Committee (3 out of 3)
- Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill Committee (10 out of 10)
- Homes Bill Committee (12 out of 12)
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