One week in: New Lincoln MP Karen Lee on second election, nursing and Lincoln Walk-In-Centre

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New Labour MP for Lincoln Karen Lee joined The Lincolnite for an interview one week on from her general election win.

Karen visited the newsroom on the afternoon of Friday, June 16, directly from a meeting with Lincolnshire West CCG and partners about the proposed closure of the city’s walk-in-centre.

She spoke about the concerns she raised with health bosses, and told reporters what her first week in Parliament was like.

Watch the interview in full:

Five things we learned

  1. Karen has promised to continue working as a nurse at Lincoln County Hospital on a bank staff contract. She will work monthly shifts and the money she earns through this role will be donated to food banks and other local charities.
  2. She will stand down from her role as Carholme ward city councillor. A by-election for the ward will be held at a later date.
  3. Once the logistics of setting up her new London office are finalised, Karen will be scheduling regular surgeries in the local community, including new surgeries at the city’s two universities, in order to hear the comments and concerns of the city’s student population.
  4. First on her list of priorities is campaigning for a medical school for the county.
  5. After calling a meeting with Lincolnshire West CCG and partners, she is promising to continue to raise concerns of local residents over the potential closure of the Lincoln Walk-In-Centre.