Karen moved to Brentwood in 1992 at the age of 21 and has been councillor for Brentwood West since 2007. She is a marketing consultant with senior experience in healthcare and retail and holds Chartered Marketer status. In 2016 she became a published author and currently has two children’s books to her name and is currently writing the third in the series.
In her ten years as a councillor, she has taken on the Highways Agency on two major issues; the badly signed J28 M25 roundabout and noise pollution from the A12. She has helped many residents with housing issues and has fought forcefully and successfully for residents who would otherwise have struggled through apprehension and personal constraints against unwieldy and complex authority.
Karen believes strongly in equality, human rights, and equal opportunity. Karen was unequivocal in her support for one of the Liberal Democrats progressive achievements in Coalition government 'equal marriage legislation', but recognizes we still have many battles to be fight before we have true equality. Karen is disabled, and is determined to strengthen and protect disability rights.
The UK’s relationship with Europe will be a focal point in this General Election. Karen was a supporter of the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Karen believes it is of importance that the UK continues its ‘membership’ of the Internal Market, and that ‘access-only’ would result in significant ramifications for businesses, consumers, and the economy as a whole. Karen believes any proposed deal between the UK and the EU should be put to a second referendum and that young people should be extended the franchise of a vote on an issue which will guide the future direction of the country.