Karen Buck

Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

Labour MP for Westminster North

@KarenPBuckMP https://facebook.com/KarenBuck4WN

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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.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Standards 23 Jan 2023

    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.
  • Work and Pensions: Supporting People into Work: Childcare Costs 23 Jan 2023

    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...
  • Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit 19 Jan 2023

    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

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Topics of interest

Karen Buck campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Work and Pensions
  • Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Education and Skills
  • Treasury
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Social Rented Housing
  • Homelessness

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

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Last updated: 23 Jan 2023.


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