Sunday, 23 September 2012

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Saturday 22nd September – drop in advice surgery in the Mall shopping centre between 12pm and 2pm. No appointment necessary. 
  • Sunday 23rd September attending the anniversary of the Walthamstow Farmers Market 
  • Tuesday 25th September supporting the launch of the women's safety in clubs charter in Brixton 
  • Wednesday the 26thSeptember speaking at the Centre for Responsible Credit 2012 Annual Conference on legal loan sharking and then holding an appointment only advice surgery at the town hall. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223
  • Thursday 28th September taking part in a ‘webchat’ with Mumsnet!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

MP of the month – Stella Creasy

"For the first time this month we’ve restricted the LabourList MP of the Month contest to members of the PLP outside of the shadow cabinet, so there’s no win this month for the ever popular Andy Burnham.
Instead, this month’s winner – by a considerable margin – is Stella Creasy. Stella, one of the bright lights of the 2010 intake, has risen to prominence following her campaigning work on payday loans/legal loan sharks - bringing an issue that impacts upon millions of the poorest in society to the prominence it deserves.
More recently, Creasy has been pushing for the party to adopt “zero-budgetting”as a model for spending by a future Labour government.
Congratulations to Stella, and thanks to everyone who voted."

Monday, 17 September 2012

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Saturday 15th September Speaking on the #OBRUK campaign at the CWU Women’s Conference in Peterborough
  • Monday 17th September Holding a constituency surgery. For an appointment at one of my surgeries call 020 8521 1223
  • Tuesday 18th September Hosting an OBRUK workshop at the Houses of Parliament
  • Wednesday 19th September taking part in a Channel 4 debate on how to tackle youth unemployment and then speaking at the End Legal Loansharking – Night of Action in Wembley. Details on how to join here
  • Thursday 20th September Opening the Voluntary Action CHYPPS event in Walthamstow
  • Saturday 22nd September Holding a drop-in surgery from 12-2pm at The Mall, Walthamstow. You don’t need an appointment to come along!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Stella Creasy MP interviewed in today's Evening Standard

'The misogynist abuse MPs receive is shocking – you should see the tweets I get'

Stella Creasy MP interviewed in today's Evening Standard by Rosamund Urwin

". . .  how much is sexism still holding women back in politics? “We have a long way to go in tackling it,” she says. “There is a cultural element about expectations and attitudes ... The House isn't immune to British society as a whole.”

She thinks the few women who have broken into spheres of influence are now being used as evidence the fight is over: “I think we’ve come 20 per cent of the way towards a more equal society and then we’ve hit a buffer where people think ‘that’s enough now’. We’ve got some women in Parliament, some women in journalism, some women presenters. Rather than being a glass ceiling, it’s become a glass menagerie, where you go, ‘hey, there are some women on boards’, but it’s the same women being circulated.”
Stella Creasy in Walthamstow Market

It’s not just a numbers game, she adds — more women will benefit both politics and business: “Political decision-making is better when you have a range of views ... and societies that have more women on their boards are more prosperous as well as more egalitarian. It’s win, win.”

She is heavily critical of this week’s reshuffle of the Cabinet: “What a surprise! The number of women in the Cabinet is going down. I don’t agree with them on much but there are lots of impressive women on the Conservative benches — why weren’t they looked at?”

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Saturday 8 September Speaking at the Co-operative Party Conference and run a OBRUK training workshop.
  • Sunday 9 September attending the Waltham Forest Mela.
  • Monday 10 September Speaking at a Unite event on austerity Britain at TUC Conference in Brighton.
  • Tuesday 11 September Responding on behalf of the opposition to a parliamentary debate about support for victims of domestic violence. 
  • Thursday 13 September attending the Southbank Centre Women of the World Planning event as part of the OBRUK campaign and attending the Walthamstow Labour Party GC meeting at 8pm at 23 Orford Road. 
  • Saturday 15 September speaking at the Communications Workers Union as part of the OBRUK campaign. 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Saturday 1 September Urging a peaceful and dignified response to the threat to our community by the EDL march and also supporting those participating in the first day of the E17 Art Trail. 
  • Sunday 2 September Representing Walthamstow at the London 2012 Paralympic Games by presenting flowers at one of the victory ceremonies.
  • Monday 3 September Back in Parliament after the summer recess.
  • Tuesday 4 September attending the Council planning meeting to oppose the UCKG’s plans for the EMD Cinema.
  • Wednesday 5 September Taking Walthamstow's Olympic Knitter to the Paralympic Games as a special guest. 
  • Saturday 8 September attending the Co-operative Party Conference in Manchester  

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Stella Creasy MP on "Zero-budget" spending review in The Guardian

"Labour should focus on value for money, says rising star of party" writes Patrick Wintour interviewing Stella Creasy MP in The Guardian over the summer:

Labour should go into the next election promising to reassess every single item of departmental public spending in response to mounting government debt and the pressure on public resources caused by an ageing population, Stella Creasy, a Labour frontbencher has told the Guardian.
Creasy, one of the 2010 intake of MPs increasingly making their mark on parliament and best known for her campaigns against legal loan sharks, says Labour should propose a "zero-budget" spending review after the election in which every public service is re-examined. She argues that value for money in public spending is a "progressive agenda" because the poorest pay most tax.
"The whole idea that we can somehow manage this through salami-slicing does not match either the challenges we face due to demography or the financial mess the country will be left in. What does my generation of politicians do? Do we say, well, we will try our best to limit the damage, or do we say there is a new world out there, and it requires radicalism," she said.
"In the next spending review absolutely everything should be on the table and the onus should be not just in the government, but the public, the private sector and the third sector to say where could we work together. We don't need just to switch spending, we need to pool spending.
"Wasting money is not progressive. When the poorest people in our country pay the most tax, the value for money agenda is a progressive agenda."