Wednesday, 22 March 2017

E17 Housing Awards - Results! this Saturday 1.30pm Central Walthamstow

Stella Creasy MP writes:

"Over 800 residents have voted on who they think are the best and worst letting agents, estate agents and social landlords in Walthamstow in 2017. 

Book your free place at our E17 Housing Awards event on Saturday 25th March 2017 now to find out the results, and how you can be part of our campaign to take action to tackle Walthamstow's overheated housing market. 

This will include details on how you can help our campaigns to promote self build projects for local residents, to tackle homelessness in Walthamstow and to help cut the costs of renting. 

Whether tenants, homeowners, landlords, letting or estate agents, all are welcome to join us at this event which will take place at 1.30pm - 3pm at a Central Walthamstow location- to confirm your attendance and for full venue details RSVP to this email."

Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow

  • Monday 20th March- holding a residents only telephone advice surgery. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223. 
  • Tuesday 21st March - Thursday 23rd March- travelling to Berlin as part of a delegation of British Labour MPs to meet with German politicians to discuss Brexit.
  • Friday 24th March - attending the Annual Equality Dinner organised by Stonewall 
  • Saturday 25th March- holding the E17 Housing Awards Results event (details here for how to attend) and then participating in Walthamstow Labour Party's special conference on its standing orders. 
  • Sunday 26th March- attending the Pakistan Day celebrations organised by the Pak Cultural Society and then speaking at a pre- Passover debate at the North London Synagogue with Jonathan Freedland and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg on the subject of freedom and refugees.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

An evening at Chequers: Walthamstow Labour Party pub quiz

Walthamstow Labour Party presents 
another in its award winning* 
series of pub quizzes:

with Expert Quiz Master NEIL GERRARD 

SUNDAY APRIL 2nd 2017 8pm


145 High St, London, E17 7BX 

  • in advance: £12 p/p  
  • (unwaged/pensioners £10), £60 for a table of six 
  • At the door: £14 p/p, £70 for a table of six. 
All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle tickets, and donations 
go to Walthamstow Labour Party Campaign Fund 

Promoted by Andy Dixon, Walthamstow Labour Party, 
23 Orford Road, London E17 9NL

*Mrs C thought they were jolly good

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Public responses published from last autumn's consultation on 2018 Boundary Review

Today the Boundary Commission for England (bce) published the responses it received during the consultation period last autumn on the proposals it put forward for boundary changes, in line with Parliamentary legislation. More at 700 for Walthamstow.

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow

  • Sunday 26th February- supporting the Haymarket Theatre refugee charities fundraiser 
  • Tuesday 28th February- holding an appointment only advice surgery for residents. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223. 
  • Thursday 2nd March - speaking in a debate on equality for widows in parliament, before running a free women's leadership workshop in parliament (see below for how to book a space) and speaking at the Guardian International Women's Day event at the Barbican
  • Friday 3rd March- speaking at the Women in Journalism Lunch. 
  • Saturday 4th March- speaking at the Labour Party Waltham Forest Divests conference. Details here.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

'Dance on' (as The Shadows played)

Buy your Come Dine with MP ballot ticket here 

Get your tickets for the ballot for dinner on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at a Top London restaurant with Labour's sign writer extraordinaire and fantastic London MEP Seb Dance.
This ballot is open to supporters as well as members of the Labour Party and all funds raised will go towards Walthamstow Labour Party's campaigning.

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow

  • Tuesday 21st February- returning to parliament for the Criminal Finances Bill 
  • Wednesday 22nd February- meeting with the CMA to discuss concerns about PFI financing 
  • Thursday 23rd February - running a women's leadership project for the Citybridge community youth charity in Tower Hamlets and then taking part in the parliamentary debate on the treatment of refugee children before campaigning in the Copeland by-election
  • Friday 24th February - attending parliament to ensure the Istanbul Convention Bill receives a report reading 
  • Saturday 25th February- speaking at Student Pride in support of the provision of inclusive sex and relationship education in all schools
  • Sunday 26th February- supporting the Haymarket Theatre refugee charities fundraiser

Monday, 13 February 2017

Burgers for Burghers - Labour Ward selections sponsored by MacDonalds?

Across London, borough Labour parties are beginning the process to select their candidates for the local elections in 2018. There will be interviews, and the inevitable wait . . .

Friday, 10 February 2017

"Stopping the Dubs scheme for child refugees is shameful and heartless"

Responding to yesterday's developments Stella Creasy MP writes in The Guardian:

"Less than a year ago, parliament passed the Dubs amendment with support across all political parties. Proudly we agreed that Britain should take its fair share of unaccompanied child refugees. Throughout the debates the number repeatedly mentioned was 3,000 – a fraction of the estimated 95,000 unaccompanied children in Europe seeking asylum. Now the government has announced they will cap this at 350 – shamefully claiming this is in the spirit of the amendment. Little wonder that Lord Dubs – himself a beneficiary of the Kindertransport programme in the 1930s to help children fleeing persecution from Nazi Germany – is rightly furious at such a betrayal.

Little wonder that on Wednesday the government attempted to hide the closure of this scheme by slipping out the details on the day of the Brexit vote in a written statement. Forced to come to parliament to explain herself by Yvette Cooper’s urgent question today, the home secretary angrily stated that the French government had asked for this scheme to end because it created a “pull” factor.

Yet having met with the French authorities this seems far-fetched at best. They were both adamant about the shared responsibility of each nation to these children and the need for Britain to take at least 1,000 as a result. So, too, it does nothing to explain why this change of policy is in the best interests of the thousands of children stuck in camps in Italy and Greece. Not a single child has come from these countries under this scheme to the UK, but many are eligible and all are at risk in their current locations.

Stopping the Dubs scheme will not end the stream of unaccompanied child refugees arriving in Europe from conflict-stricken nations. It will simply stop them travelling legally – and crucially safely – to a haven. The perceived pull factor of any such scheme is no match for the brutal push factors of the rape, war and political persecution that have made so many of them leave the comfort of home for the danger of the sea.

Perhaps those of us who have fought for the rights of these children should not be surprised at this move by Theresa May’s government. Already they had been trying to restrict the Dubs scheme by nationality, limiting it to those who are Syrian or Sudanese, and thus abandoning the many Afghan, Eritrean, Oromo or Ethiopian children stuck in Europe alone. So, too, when we attempted to amend legislation to ensure the UN convention on the rights of the child covered how these children were treated by Britain, the government voted it down.

Yet the despair many feel today isn’t just about the premature abolition of this scheme, it’s at our continued failure to treat these children with the decency and humanity we would wish for our own. In October last year, many of these orphaned children went willingly with officials to French reception centres in good faith, having been told they would be assessed for transfer to the UK.

Now they find out there is no hope of any such safety. Many are losing faith all together of any kind of future. Some have attempted suicide, others are back again jumping lorries in the dark to try to get to Britain. A damning indictment of the approach taken, charities estimate that 50 children a day are now arriving back in Calais, sleeping in the mud and vulnerable to the people traffickers and exploitation gangs which see them as an easy target.

Only a week ago Westminster echoed with condemnation for Donald Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees. Now our own government has announced it is closing the door to vulnerable children on our doorstep fleeing persecution, making a mockery of the claim to be a global Britain.

From Kindertransport to the Dubs amendments, protecting and caring for child refugees has been and must remain a British value. If the government doesn’t rethink this cruel and heartless decision, some of the most helpless children in the world will pay a heavy price for indifference. And if we don’t speak up about it, it won’t just be our international reputation at stake but our national pride too."

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Radical changes in NHS - "STPs and Walthamstow" - 16 Feb

Stella Creasy MP invites Walthamstow residents to a discussion of the impact of proposed STPs locally:

"I pledged to involve patient representatives in any meetings about STP plans for Walthamstow - please join me on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm in central Walthamstow to discuss proposals to radically change our local NHS. 

We will be joined by the Director for Communications and Engagement for the North East London NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STPs), and members of our local HealthyE17 campaign group and Patient Involvement Chairs. 

STPs are currently being drawn up all around the country to make major changes to the NHS which faces a £30bn shortfall in funding. Walthamstow is part of an STP for North East London where it is estimated our shortfall will £578 million by 2020/21, or 14% of the overall spend on health in this area.

You can read more about these plans here which focus on moving care out of hospital and into the community- at a time of a shortage of social care funding by the Government. 

Despite the potential impact of these plans, only local councils have any formal role in approving these plans. Due to their concerns about the proposals Waltham Forest Council have now refused to support these plans - This event is to enable local residents and patients to learn more about what the STP could mean and let the NHS know how they want to be involved in this process. 

This event is open to all residents of Walthamstow- please email for full details of the venue and to register for your place at this event. 

Please note due to space concerns we will not admit those who have not registered to this event. 
I hope you can join us for this important event about the future of the NHS in Walthamstow, "

Stella Creasy MP
Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow
Don't forget - for full details of the venue:
email to register for this event