Saturday, 21 September 2013

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Saturday 21st September - speaking at a workshop organised by End Violence Against Women on tackling domestic violence in Brighton
  • Sunday 22nd September- speaking at the Movement for Change rally about Walthamtow's Sharkstoppers campaign, then the Progress Rally, Labourlist Rally and the Guardian 'Big Ideas' event at Labour Party Conference in Brighton 
  • Monday 23 September - speaking at the Intern Aware campaign event, the IPPR debate on Public Services and Innovation and the Smith Institute discussion on Personal debt in Brighton 
  • Tuesday 24 September - Speaking at the Amnesty International event on tackling violence against women, the British Institute of IT debate on cybercrime, the Fabian Society discussion of Ed Miliband's speech, the Cooperative Party meeting on personal debt and the IpSoS Mori debate on polling 
  • Wednesday 25 September- Speaking at the Counterpoint Discussion on UKIP and the Labour Student debate on legal loan sharking
  • Thursday 26th September- visiting the opening of the Eco-Gym at George Monoux College 
  • Saturday 28th September holding a drop in surgery for local residents at the Mall Shopping Centre 2-4pm. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Refounding Walthamstow - workshop with Stella Creasy - Sunday 15th at St Mary's Welcome Centre

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This is a quick reminder that we have a special consultation event this coming Sunday - a workshop with Stella Creasy MP at St Mary's Welcome Centre (next to St. Mary's Church) on this Sunday (15th September) at 3pm(Directions: at the top of the High Street continue up the hill on Church Hill for half a mile; just past the Girls School on the right take the right turn leading into St. Mary's churchyard; as you pass the church entrance on the left the Welcome Centre is on the right, the other side of the graveyard. Note - the google maps marker is slightly too far to the right!)

Local party members have of course been invited but we very much want to hear as well from other local residents who have joined with us on various campaigns, such as with #7days4stow, the Heat or Eat activists and so on.

We'd particularly like to hear from you about how you think we could make our party and work more inclusive and attractive to local people who have similar concerns to us. Arising from this, and other consultations we've had, we'll be deciding during the autumn on some changes we want to make and your ideas could be very helpful to us.

If you have already expressed an interest in this I do hope to see you there if you can make it. If you do intend to come it would be very helpful to know so we can make sure there are enough biscuits and tea! Just reply to this message. Let us know too if you need directions for the Welcome Centre. 

As Stella says: "The event is part of our local party discussions about how best to organise ourselves so that we can work for the causes and concerns that brought us together. I could not do anything for Walthamstow on my own as the MP, and the local labour movement is a vital source of support and help with many volunteers whose time and effort is invaluable to both me and to our community activism. However, in any voluntary organisation there is always a danger process and structure can drown motivation and enthusiasm. That can lead to people being inadvertently excluded from our work or us undertaking activities that are counterproductive and frustrating for all - we want to reform our working practices to make sure that we are able to act together in ways that are fun, meaningful and fit with the rest of our busy family and working lives!

"I know that being part of a political party can sometimes seem alien to wanting to change the world! That's why I'm asking people like you who may not be part of Labour but are broadly supportive of what it stands for, or who may be members but don't want to come to meetings, to help us think about how we can work in a way that means we get the best out of each other as we try to make Walthamstow and indeed Britain a more socially just and prosperous place for everyone.

"In keeping with the theme of our efforts to change, I promise this will not be a boring meeting and there will be biscuits! The idea of the workshop is that it will be interactive and offer an opportunity for you to help us understand, in chatting with existing members of the labour movement, what your experience of political parties or campaigning is and how you feel change can be achieved either in our local community or our country. 

"The discussion will be informal, and the outcomes of the conversation (which will be anonymised so you can be as honest as you want!) will then be fed into the 'refounding labour' decision making process for Walthamstow labour party. 

"I hope you will feel able to join us at this event and give your feedback - please do feel free to let me know if you have any questions about this workshop or the refounding Labour project."

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Sunday 15th - holding a workshop for members and supporters on refounding the Labour Party in Walthamstow 
  • Monday 16th - holding an appointment only surgery. For appointments on a future date please contact my office on 020 8521 1223.
  • Tuesday 17th - holding a meeting with members of local community groups and services on forming the E10 Hub to support educational attainment in Walthamstow 
  • Wednesday 18th - holding a meeting with stakeholders and providers of health services in Walthamstow to look at the support for elderly residents discharged from hospital.
  • Thursday 19th - meeting the UK Business Forum in central London
  • Saturday 21st - Wednesday 25th at Labour Party Conference in Brighton and speaking on a number of fringes and other events. My office will still be open on 020 8521 1223.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

TESSELLATING with TESSA! 10 October at The Bell

Walthamstow Labour Party 
proudly presents its fundraising pub quiz


617 Forest Road, London E17 
Doors 8pm, Quiz starts 8.30
Top prize £100!
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  • RAFFLE (the usual top notch stuff) 
  • CAKE BREAKFree delicious home made Walthamstow cake during the break
  • Pay bar & great food  
  • Exclusive to all ticket holders: 10% discount on all Bell food bought at the bar
YES — our next pub quiz special guest is TESSA JOWELL. In 2005 she led London's Olympics bid. Many said Paris would win but it went to London. In 2010 she was made ‘Deputy Mayor of the Olympics Village’ in recognition of her achievement and, just like the 2012 Olympics, everything fits together for our Tessellating pub quiz — YES — there will be questions with a ‘Tess’ in them!*

  • Single—£12, two—£22
  • table of six—£60
  • Unwaged / pensioner - £10
  • Single—£14, two—£24
  • table of six—£70
  • Unwaged / pensioner - £12

*Don’t be ‘Tessa late’ - join us at 8 and tessellate!

All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle tickets, and donations go to the Walthamstow CLP campaign account. 

Event promoted by Simon Redfern, chair of Walthamstow Constituency Labour Party, 23 Orford Road London E17 9NL 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Walthamstow Labour Party: Free seaside trip - Charabanc to Brighton!

It seems the summer weather is not over quite yet, and we can help Walthamstow Labour Party members and supporters take advantage of it with an offer of a free day trip to Brighton on Sunday September 22nd!

This offer comes courtesy of Movement for Change (M4C) who would like to invite you to their event at the Labour Party Conference Fringe. The event itself starts at 1.30pm and has a number of high profile speakers, who will cover some of the many M4C campaign initiatives underway across the country: our very own Stella Creasy MP will talk about the Sharkstoppers campaign, and there'll be Alan Johnson MP, Rachel Reeves MP and several more. Many people will already be familiar with some of Stella's work, but this is a great opportunity to find out more about community campaigning with Labour members and supporters nationwide as well.

The event will finish around 3pm, and there will be a couple of hours to take in more of the Conference and fringe, to stroll along the prom, lose graciously to the piers' one armed bandits, or play on the beach, before returning to E17.

The 'Charabanc' (depending on numbers anything from a minibus upwards in size) will leave from 23 Orford Road at 10am returning by 7pm (precise times subject to confirmation) and all you have to do is confirm you'd like to come, to our M4C organiser Jack Madden - see below. It's expected the party will get to Brighton in plenty of time for lunch in cafes nearby, but you'd be very welcome to bring a packed lunch.

For more details have a look at these links:

To confirm a place on the bus:
Call/text Jack: 07805 825809

PS: The Movement for Change Main Fringe Event is outside the conference zone itself, so you DO NOT need to purchase a full security pass in order to attend. And in case you've made other arrangements to get to Brighton and would like to go to the event it's at:
Brighton Odeon, Kingswest, West Street, Brighton BN1 2RE

Monday, 2 September 2013

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow this week

  • Monday 2 September parliament returns and so I will be in Westminster for a series of meetings and debates including attempting to speak in the general discussion on cycling
  • Tuesday 3 September speaking at the Women's Aid conference on Cyberstalking, then participating in Foreign Office questions
  • Wednesday 4 September taking part in Cabinet Office Questions 
  • Thursday 5 September taking part in the general debate on high cost credit to discuss legal loan sharking and then attending the Eat or Heat Comedy Fundraiser at the Rose and Crown Pub. 
  • Friday 6 September holding an appointment only advice surgery for local residents. To book an appointment please contact my office on 020 8521 1223
  • Saturday 7 September speaking at the Progress 'Winning With Women' conference on women's representation in Camden Town Hall and then attending the Higham Hill Common Allotments Prize Giving
  • Sunday 8 September attending the Wingfield Road and Randolph Road street party.