Karen Buck for Westminster North

Karen Buck wins Westminster North

Karen Buck has been re-elected Member of Parliament for Westminster North

Karen Buck
The full result is

Karen Buck – Labour – 18,504
Lindsey Hall – Conservative – 16,537
UKIP – 1,489
Lib Dem – 1,457
Green – 1,322
Christian Party – 152
Independent – 63

Karen increased her share of the vote by 2.9% to 46.8%

Karen Buck calls for an end to the ‘shameful’ exodus of the poor from London

The ‘Independent’ reports that Labour is calling for a radical overhaul of housing policy in London after the newspaper revealed that 50,000 homeless families have been pushed out of the capital.

Sadiq Khan, Labour’s shadow London minister has called on the next mayor of London to “conduct a root and branch review of housing in London if we are to end this scandal”.

Karen Buck, who was the Labour MP for Westminster North, warned that the exodus of poor families was a danger to the prosperity of the city:

“Cities have to be mixed, not just for social and moral reasons, but because someone needs to do the low-paid jobs.”

Ms Buck warned that action must be taken before a tragedy occurs to a vulnerable adult or child being moved out of an area and then slipping through the welfare cracks.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/politicians-and-campaigners-call-to-stem-the-shameful-exodus-of-the-poor-from-london-10217183.html

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The Wood & Vale spends an afternoon on the campaign trail with Karen Buck

karen buck April 15
The ‘West End Extra’ reports:

IT’S hard to get a word in edgeways with Karen Buck. Despite our best efforts during the sunny Friday afternoon I spent following her on campaign, it was impossible to spend more than two minutes with the Labour MP without someone interrupting.

Out in Harrow Road at least Karen Buck is a local celebrity.

On every street corner we meet at least one person who comes up to her with a concern about the area, be it about market stalls blocking the pavement or anti-social behaviour, everyone in the area seems to know her.

And, unusually for a politician, they seem happy to see her.

Despite the intrusion, Karen insists she “loves it”: “I find the community angle of doing an MP’s job is the part that I love most.”

“I think the community is fantastic, I have a great relationship with the local Labour councillors, they are a brilliant team so that makes a lot of difference”, she adds.

She takes me to Maida Hill Market opposite the Prince of Wales pub, which she is campaigning to prevent becoming a betting shop, and says when she took over as MP in 1997 there were drug deals going on in broad daylight. Eighteen years on it is a quiet, small, if a bit shabby market just selling fruit, vegetables and a bit of street food. This is why Karen is so keen to save the Prince of Wales, which was shut down in November after its publican was arrested for rape – though she herself admits the pub was “horrible” when it was open.

She points to the two other betting shops already operating on either side and says the area, already one of the most deprived parts of her constituency, could fall back into being “a no-go area”.

Karen bristles with indignation when she discusses the inequalities in the constituency.

When we meet she tells me that Westminster borough has the highest number of rented properties of any place in the UK; two-thirds of its residents do not own their own homes.

It is these issues that drove her into politics, she says.

“My entire adult life I have felt like that if the world needs to be changed then we all need to play a part in changing it.

“And I have always felt the incredible need to be part of it,” she says

“I feel like I am one of a team, and the changes we made, whether it was in Westminster North or in Britain as a whole, I think we made because we were a Labour government, not because of the individuals within it.”

Karen is the biggest cheerleader for Labour’s record in government and she is still sticking to the line that the financial crash wasn’t Labour – despite even her boss Ed Miliband admitting “mistakes were made”.

“Yes, we lost very badly in 2010 election but that was because of a global economic crisis – that we happened to be in government at the time of the crash,” she insists.

“I am absolutely crystal clear that crisis happened across the world and was a banking-led crisis and didn’t happen because the Labour government spent too much money on Sure Start programmes and local policing teams.”

She attacked the criticisms by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats saying “they were going to match our spending up until the crisis”.

Karen’s campaign has less polish than her Conservative challenger Lindsey Hall’s.

On the Friday afternoon I spent with her at least there were no shiny, happy, energetic young activists trailing her but experienced Labour councillors, Queen’s Park’s Patricia McAllister, and Guthrie McKie and Ruth Bush who represent Harrow Road ward.

But this makes her campaign feel more authentic, less stage-managed and less glossy.

While on the doorstep people offer her problems to solve, rather than pronouncements, and seem to genuinely want to hear what she had to say.

Karen’s campaign is one of continuity rather than change, but judging by her warm reception, the people of Harrow Road at least, think that may not be a bad thing.

Promoted by Andy Whitley on behalf of Karen Buck both at 4g Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY

From the Wood & Vale – 16th April 2015

They say “all politics is local” and next month’s General Election is no different.

I make no apologies for being a fully paid up member of the Karen Buck fan club. I have known Karen for over 30 years as a community campaigner in the 1980s, as a Queen’s Park Councillor from 1990-1997 and as our Labour Member of Parliament for the past 18 years.

Everywhere I go in Westminster North I meet people whose lives have been helped by Karen Buck’s actions – on local housing, on local health services, with immigration and asylum issues and so much more.

Environmental issues are forever high on Karen’s agenda, whether it be campaigns to deal with overflowing refuse bins and dumped furniture, calls for 20mph speed limits on residential roads or action to save local pubs from being closed and turned into yet more luxury flats and betting shops.

Karen has built strong and positive working with the local police and knows how important it is for action to be taken swiftly against anti-social behaviour and other crimes that afflict local communities. Importantly, she has helped build bridges between the police and local communities which has benefitted everyone.

In a multi-cultural community like Westminster, community cohesion is of vital importance to us all. Karen is in regular touch with the huge breadth and range of local communities that have made Westminster North their home over recent decades.

Going canvassing door to door with Karen Buck is a joy. You just have to mention that you are calling on behalf of Karen Buck and people’s eyes light up. Tell them that Karen is in their street or on their landing right now and they want to repeat their thanks for past help even though it might have been many years ago.

Karen has always reached out beyond her natural supporters. She has argued consistently in Parliament for new laws to ban the ‘iceberg’ basements that make life a misery for residents of St. John’s Wood, Bayswater and Lancaster Gate – working closely with her Conservative neighbour Mark Field MP to present a cross party call for action.

At the end of the day I, like everyone else, want a Member of Parliament who gets things done, who is fearless in speaking up for Westminster North and who is prepared to go ‘the extra mile’ for local residents.

Of course, the big national issues – NHS, jobs, housing, the economy – are all vital issues that need to be addressed by the candidates. Karen’s views on all these have been rehearsed regularly in the Wood & Vale over many years. No one can be in doubt that she is on the side of local residents against the powerful and unaccountable.

Yes, “all politics is local” and Labour’s Karen Buck is the local choice for me – and I hope for you, too!

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg
Leader of the Labour Group
Westminster City Council

Promoted by Andy Whitley on behalf of Karen Buck MP both at 4g Shirland Mews W9 3DY

3 Responses to Karen Buck for Westminster North

  1. M.Rita Ruiu says:

    I’m disabled and I leave in a genesis housing 1 bedroom flat from 1995. The flat was already very old but my health wasn’t like noe do I spent lot money gornthe repair ect but now is in very bad situation. The bathroom is all damage the ceiling is falls down I don’t have shower but I have neuropathy. In nigh time I have to wake up to put fresh water in my feet and legs unfortunately I don’t have anyone to help me. My doctor in Chelsea Westminster hospital from long time ago told me the only way to deal with cowboy like Genesis housing is to contact the local MP. I’m leaving a nightmare day after day. The last happen Friday night (this the 7th year who happen) my living room with the strong rain is flooded. I called the emergency at 1 o’clock nobody show up. At 4.55 am I was to sick and tired (I was just come back from 4 days hospital of strong treatments) I called again and again but I still waiting. Today is Monday I’m calling and waiting nothing. This morning I have received a text with an appointment for today but after many calls (every time I have to repeat the same details ect ) they tell me the only avaliable appointment should be in the 17th of July. I don’t know why I’m writing to you I don’t think nobody going to read this email I just know I have a serious illness (leukemia and many others health issues) I don’t want died here in a rotten flat with rats and spiders round the house and pieces of ceiling falls every second.
    I’m tired of fight with people they tease me. I repeat I don’t know why I m here writing I just know I’m desperate and I don’t know any more what to do.
    Rita Ruiu

    • Thanks. Please let me have your address and I will write to Genesis about this

      • Rita Maria Ruiu says:

        Sorry for my late reply but my illness is in charges of my life and I didn’t believe you reply to my help request.
        My address is:
        flat C 170
        Portnall road
        W9 3BQ
        London
        Telephone. * 07733150595
        Thank you very much for your attention
        Rita Maria Ruiu

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