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Karen Buck
Labour MP for Westminster North

  • Also represented Regent's Park and Kensington North
  • Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election

Voting record (from PublicWhip)

How Karen Buck voted on key issues since 2001:

  • Voted against replacing Trident. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. votes
  • Voted moderately for university tuition fees. votes
  • Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
  • Voted moderately against encouraging occupational pensions. votes
  • Voted strongly for the hunting ban. votes
  • Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a stricter asylum system. votes
  • Voted moderately for a smoking ban. votes
  • Voted moderately against the Iraq war. votes
  • Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
  • Voted moderately for introducing ID cards. votes
  • Voted moderately for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
  • Voted moderately for introducing foundation hospitals. votes
  • Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. votes
  • Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes
  • Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
  • Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
  • Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
  • Voted moderately for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes

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Topics of interest

Asks most questions about

  • Departments: Work and Pensions, Communities and Local Government, Education and Skills, Treasury, Home Department

  • Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Housing Benefit, Social Security Benefits, Social Rented Housing, Homelessness, Housing

(based on written questions asked by Karen Buck and answered by departments)

Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)

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Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2013)

“We have heard a great deal in the Budget debate—not unreasonably—about public debt, but less about the private sector crisis that generated the public sector debt crisis. We have also heard about the impact of private debt and deleveraging, including from the hon. Member for North East Somerset (Jacob Rees-Mogg). In that context, it might be worth mentioning that private debt and...”

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2013)

“Does my right hon. Friend share my frustration at the constant repetition of the mantra from the Conservative Members that there are more people in work than ever before? Will he confirm that the employment rate is still lower than it was in 2008?”

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2013)

“Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?”

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Numerology

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  • Has spoken in 29 debates in the last year — average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 77 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 68.20% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 18 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 388 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
17 October 2012, received payment of £150 from Ipsos MORI, 79-81 Borough Road, London, SE1 1FY, for opinion survey. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 28 November 2012)

Register last updated: 11 Mar 2013. More about the Register

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Expenses

Figures in brackets are ranks.Data from parliament.uk (source). Read 2004/05 – 2008/09 and 1st quarter 2009/10 receipts.

Type2008/09 (ranking out of 647)2007/08 (ranking out of 645)2006/07 (ranking out of 645)2005/062004/05 (ranking out of 659)2003/04 (ranking out of 658)2002/03 (ranking out of 657)2001/02 (ranking out of 657)
Staying away from main home£0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
London costs£2,916 (joint 1st with 49 others) £2,812 (joint 1st with 47 others) £2,712 (joint 1st with 46 others) £2,613 £1,618 (joint 1st with 118 others) £1,574 (joint 1st with 101 others) £1,527 (joint 1st with 101 others) £1,227 (joint 1st with 81 others)
Office running costs£22,131 (116th) £18,720 (307th) £20,448 (288th) £19,909 £17,510 (383rd) £18,799 (joint 13th with 178 others) £18,226 (joint 218th with 4 others) £16,217 (297th)
Staffing costs£98,509 (217th) £92,761 (108th) £87,264 (joint 169th with 1 other) £84,172 £79,342 (50th) £74,686 (53rd) £72,310 (joint 1st with 23 others) £52,981 (103rd)
Communications Allowance£9,965 (242nd) £9,686 (joint 207th with 1 other) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Members' Travel£948 (616th)1 £1,077 (613th)2 £954 (619th)3 £763 £867 (640th) £835 (642nd) £906 (640th) £756 (joint 634th with 1 other)
Members' Staff Travel£0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Members' Spouse Travel£0 £0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Members' Family Travel£0 £0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Centrally Purchased Stationery£6,999 (joint 3rd with 4 others) £2,591 (6th) £3,926 (26th) £3,062 £1,823 (joint 128th with 1 other) £2,640 (33rd) £2,328 (46th) £2,476 (joint 37th with 1 other)
Stationery: Associated Postage Costs£4,405 (111th) £8,385 (51st) £7,878 £2,520 (326th) £8,549 (34th) N/A N/A
Centrally Provided Computer Equipment  £1,182 (355th) £1,061 (317th) £1,057 £1,822 (joint 433rd with 2 others) £1,822 (joint 426th with 2 others) £1,822 (joint 407th with 2 others) £1,822 (371st)
Other Costs£0 £0 £0 £0 £3,911 (47th) £0 £0 £0
Total£141,467 (434th) £133,234 (496th) £124,750 (513th) £119,454 £109,413 (555th) £108,905 (525th) £97,119 (569th) £75,479 (539th)

1 Regular journeys between home/constituency/Westminster: Rail £948 (464th).

2 Regular journeys between home/constituency/Westminster: Rail £1,077 (430th).

3 Rail £171 (529th). Other £783 (36th).