Karen is the Labour Member of Parliament for Westminster North since 2010 and previously Regent’s Park and Kensington North 1997-2010.

A very active political campaigner who currently sits on the following positions:

  • Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Short Lets Sector
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid

Previous roles/posts have included:

  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Transport 2005/6
  • Chair of the London Regional Select Committee
  • Regional Assistant to the Minister for London.
  • Chair of the London Group of Labour MPs
  • Member of the Work and Pensions, Home Affairs and Children, Schools and Families Select Committees.
  • Member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee
  • Karen was named Child Poverty Action Group’s ‘MP of the Year’ in recognition of her work to alleviate conditions of young families living in poverty.
  • Introduced the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Private Member’s Bill in 2017- now accepted by the government and working its way through the Parliamentary process