Karen Buck
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition]]
In office
17 April 2013 – 12 September 2015
Leader Edward Miliband
Preceded by John Denham
Succeeded by Steve Rotheram
Shadow Minister for Education
In office
8 October 2011 – 17 April 2013
Leader Edward Miliband
Member of Parliament
for Westminster North
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Wheeler
(Westminster North)
Dudley Fishburn
Majority 11,512 (26.6%)
Personal details
Born (1958-08-30) 30 August 1958 (age 65)
Spouse(s) Barrie Taylor
Occupation Member of Parliament
Website Official website
parliament..karen-buck Parliamentary profile

Parliamentary career

Buck was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist. The seat was based largely on the former Westminster North held narrowly by the Conservative former minister John Wheeler . Wheeler retired, and Buck was elected at the 1997 General Election as the Labour MP for Regent's Park and Kensington North with a majority of 14,657 and has been the MP there since. She made her maiden speech on 17 June 1997.

Following her election to parliament, Buck joined the Social Security Select Committee, and after the 2001 General Election on the Work and Pensions Select Committee. In 2001, her appointment as an Assistant Government Whip was announced without her knowledge and consent. She declined to take up the post. However, she did became a member of Tony Blair's government in the wake of the 2005 General Election as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

Buck has voted in favour of the hunting-ban, gay marriage, whilst voting against the Iraq War and replacing Trident.At the 2010 General Election she was elected MP for the new seat of Westminster North with a majority of 2,126 over Joanne Cash, the Conservative candidate. In July 2015, she was elected as a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.