Karen has been a member of the Conservative Party for nearly 30 years and first helped in the General Election in 1992 in Rugby. She has also been a councillor in Wales where she lived for 17 years and was the youngest Conservative group leader in Wrexham, speaking for the party in Wales on local government in 1997 when there were no elected party representatives.
She contested the Welsh Assembly elections in 1999 before moving to Redditch, where she was a District Councillor prior to becoming the Member of Parliament.
In 2010 Karen fought her third general election in Redditch, a sign of the confidence the Conservative Party had in her establishing a strong local base, and working hard for the people of Redditch. Immediately after the 2005 election, she was re-selected by the Conservative Party to fight the 2010 General Election and was endorsed by a packed meeting of not just Redditch members but also members from the new part of the constituency, Hanbury and the Lenches. Commenting after her reselection she said, "I'm not a quitter. I came here to do a job and I want to stay and achieve that pledge to the people of Redditch."
Karen was delighted to become the Member of Parliament for Redditch County at the general election in May 2010.
Since then she has been a hardworking MP, both in Westminster and her constituency. She often speaks in debates in Parliament and fights for her constituents on the causes that matter to them. She is supportive of the Government but is prepared to vote against them on issues she believes are not in the best interest of her constituents or the country as a whole.
In October 2012 Karen sought election to the Transport Select Committee and was an active member for 3 years, helping to develop the radical modernisation of Britain's transport infrastructure. As the MP for Redditch she understands how vital strong transport links are for our economic prosperity. Many radical transport infrastructure projects will affect the West Midlands and therefore Karen used her strong position to contribute to the development of our transport strategy.
In the General Election of 2015 Karen retained her Redditch seat, increasing her majority to over 7,000. Following the election she relinquished her role on the Transport Select Committee when she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Alistair Burt MP, a Health Minister. Karen now attends weekly meetings at the Department of Health and joins the Secretary of State for Health regularly at briefings.
Karen always wants the best for Redditch and her constituents. She is a hands-on MP and aims to represent all of her constituents, understand the problems they face and help them find a solution.