Sunday, 13 December 2015

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Saturday 12th December - running a campaign training session for the Cooperative Action Network
  • Sunday 13th December - attending the Walthamstow Labour Party Quiz night
  • Monday 14th December- meeting with campaigners in Westminster to discuss how to ensure online safety for young women 
  • Tuesday 15th December - visiting the school of the child who won my greetings card competition and then meeting with local muslim representatives and attending the science and technology select committee 
  • Thursday 17th December - speaking at the Redbridge GLA fundraising event 
  • Friday 18th December - holding an appointment only residents advice surgery. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

An evening at Chequers - quiz fundraiser December 13th

We have another of our famous fundraiser pub quizzes on Sunday December 13th at The Chequers pub in Walthamstow High Street. Quizmaster is again Neil Gerrard, guaranteed to delight and frustrate you with his mix of questions. Tickets are £12 [concessions and discounts apply] and can be
or reserved by phone: 07516 764474 


And below is our glossy poster!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Friday 13th November- Heading to Trafford to help run the Cooperative Action Network training event and then speaking at the Trafford Labour Party Annual Dinner 
  • Saturday 14th November - speaking at the 'Funny Women' conference on leadership for women and then speaking at the Labour East of England Regional Conference dinner in Stevenage 
  • Monday 16th November - holding my first online surgery for local residents. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223
  • Tuesday 17th November - attending parliament to seek to take part in Health Questions 
  • Thursday 19th November- attending the Walthamstow Labour Party AGM at the Asian Centre on Orford Road 
  • Friday 20th November - holding an advice surgery for local residents. To book an appointment call 020 8521 1223
  • Saturday 21st November- attending the E17 Safer Streets for All meeting on street harassment in Walthamstow and then speaking at the 'Mumsnet Blogfest' in central London. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

London wide Policy Forum

London Regional Director Dan Simpson writes: "All Labour Party members and supporters can play a role in shaping Labour's manifesto for London and I am writing to let you know that our manifesto consultation is open.

We have published six short policy consultation papers, designed to stimulate thought and facilitate
discussion about how best our Mayoral Candidate Sadiq can tackle the great challenges facing our city." The papers cover: 
Submissions
Individuals - an online form and the papers - at 
http://www.labour.org.uk/shape-labours-london-manifesto. The consultation closes at 6pm on 27 November 2015, so please do get in touch by then.

CLPs are encouraged to hold discussions locally and to make submissions. All contributions will be fed into a London-wide Policy Forum on 5 December which all CLPs, Labour Groups and affiliates will be invited to attend.

ICYMI - Stella Creasy MP in the Guardian

In case you missed it, Stella Creasy MP was interviewed for G2 in the Guardian on Monday, along with one of the banners in the party offices celebrating the Walthamstow Women's Co-operative Guild. The banner is thought to date from the 1920s.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Monday 2nd November–speaking at a conference about diversity and social cohesion with representatives of the Canadian parliament, and then meeting constituents and representatives of Trade Unions in parliament to discuss the Government’s Trade Union Bill which I will be opposing. If you wish to be part of this lobby please attend at 3pm. 
  • Tuesday 3 November – Taking part in Pete Pahides Soho Radio Show with fellow local resident Darren Hayman and then attending the Science and Technology Select Committee of which I am now a member 
  • Friday 6 November – supporting Living Wage week with a campaign action in Walthamstow targeting low wage practices at Turtle Bay. See below for details. 
  • Saturday 7 November - speaking at the Guardian live alternative party conference at Soho Theatre 
  • Sunday 8 November – taking part in Waltham Forest’s Remembrance Service at the Town Hall

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Housing, Healthcare, Voter Registration & Awkward Turtles - how to Join Walthamstow Labour's Campaigns!


click here & register to help us save WalthamstowNews from Stella Creasy MP - she writes:
Thank you to everyone who came to our campaign workshop on Saturday 17th November– you can see some more of the pictures from the afternoon here.This email is to let you know how what we decided to do to take action on these important issues.
At the workshop we agreed three priorities for actions for each campaign with which any local member or supporter can help. To join with any of these actions please click the link below stating you would like to join and we will send you the project plan and contact details for this group.
Housing: Set up a Landlord led letting agency as a cooperative to challenge the costs for tenants and landlords in the private sector
  • Research the concept and establish feasibility.
  • Establish a steering group and engage landlords.
  • Identify and engage tenants who may benefit from a cooperative agency.
Healthcare: Renegotiate the PFI debt of Barts Health Trust to save money and protect healthcare services at Whipps Cross Hospital
  • Develop a new model for funding NHS.
  • Raise public awareness of the PFI scandal
  • Stage a challenge to the legality of the PFI contracts
Voter Registration: Register an extra 1000 voters in Walthamstow before December 1st 2015
  • Link to other community groups, esp including BME/faith groups; and letting agents to remind people to register when they move house.
  • Targeted door knocking for those households we know are not registered.
  • Stalls in the shopping centre and schools and colleges to register 17 year olds and over
Austerity: Tackle the impact of austerity on Walthamstow’s residents
  • Launch a campaign on low pay and the living wage, including tackling Turtle Bay on their unfair tipping practices, and campaigning for Waltham Forest council and its subcontractors to become living wage employers
  • Invite representatives of other local campaigns and local people affected by austerity to speak at Labour Party events, and send Labour party delegates to meetings of other campaigns in turn.
  • Create a directory of local services, benefits and campaigns which can be used by local people affected by cuts to get support.
Already activities as part of these campaigns are being planned - if you would like to join these activities please reply to this email for further details:
  • Saturday 31 October – voter registration action Walthamstow Faith establishments  – venue tbc 2pm
  • Turtle Bay Tips Policy Protest – Friday 6 November 6pm outside Turtle Bay in Walthamstow
  • Voter Registration in Hoe Street- Saturday 14th November - 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm venue tbc
Given the urgency of ensuring people register to vote before December 1 2015, please read this short article and share it with anyone you know in Walthamstow many residents may not realise that due to the Government's changes they could be removed from the electoral register so please do ensure you tell them and you register to vote today
As well as these campaigns, we are seeking volunteers to help with delivering the leaflets for Sadiq Khan’s London Mayoral campaign – if you could deliver some of these over the next month please let Richard know. And our digital group is working on how best to share information with members and supporters online- if you would like to join this discussion please let Gerri know.
Finally, a reminder that our CLP AGM is coming up on November 19th and your local branches* will be having their AGMs earlier in November too (check here for updates). If you would like details of these meetings please reply to this email – and to help us plan for the AGM please do let our CLP secretary know if you plan to attend so we can make sure we can arrange a suitable venue to accommodate everyone.   
I look forward to working with you on these important issues for Walthamstow's future- and thank you to everyone who brought cake to our workshop! 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Saturday 24th October - holding a residents drop in advice surgery in Walthamstow Mall on Selbourne Walk between 2-4pm at which all are welcome. During this will also be helping to register people to vote before then going out to register people to vote in the High Street area- please reply to this email to join this activity for further details. 
  • Monday 26th October- taking part in Education questions in parliament to raise mental health services for young people in schools 
  • Tuesday 27th October- attending parliament to vote against the Government's welfare reform bill as it has not been amended to reflect concerns measures within it will cause destitution
  • Thursday 29th October -taking part in debates in parliament to raise further concerns about the impact of tax credit cuts on Walthamstow.
  • Friday 30th October- holding a residents surgery for pre booked appointments only. To book an appointment please call020 8521 1223

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Saturday October 17th: Social event & Campaign workshop


(UPDATE - to see outcomes of this meeting click here.)
This is an informal social event and campaign workshop in partnership with the local Cooperative Party and is open to all party members and supporters in Walthamstow. It begins at 4pm with a tea party - at which young children would be very welcome; then at 5.30pm we’ll be starting our campaign workshop

We have three campaigns we’d like your help to plan on the following topics:
  • Housing- how can we create a landlord cooperative to help tackle high rents and improve housing standards in Walthamstow?
  • Healthcare – how can we challenge the impact of PFI debt on the future of our local healthcare services in Walthamstow?
  • Democracy- how can we increase voter registration in Walthamstow to ensure all voices are heard?
All members and supporters are welcome at this event and it is free to attend, but to help us with logistics for this day please RSVP to this email and we will let you know the venue
If you can’t make the event but would like to know more about these campaigns please do also email to let us know - and if you can help with a donation of cake for our tea please do get in touch!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Stellar Stella: Labour Party's Rising Star - Sky News

Jon Craig writes today in Sky News :

"Tom Watson comfortably won the election for Labour deputy leader, but it was runner-up Stella Creasy who established herself as a star of the future in the party.

Just 38, Ms Creasy was the youngest of the five candidates, but beat more established ex-ministers Caroline Flint, Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw, all of whom served in the Blair-Brown governments. It's probably the end of the road for those three now.

Her backers included former deputy prime minister John Prescott, an endorsement that meant a lot to her, she told me.

Since becoming an MP in 2010 she has established herself as a formidable campaigner on issues such as payday loans. She has also been a high-profile victim of unpleasant abuse and harassment on Twitter.

Towards the end of the deputy leadership election contest she revealed just how unpleasant some of it had become. She has courage as well as flair."

Read the full article here

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is the new Leader of our party


Jeremy Corbyn is the new Labour Party leader winning outright on 1st preferences with 59.5%, and Tom Watson is the new deputy leader. Stella Creasy came second in the deputy leadership contest, gaining 26.4% against Tom Watson's  50.7% in the 3rd stage final count. See the full results of the leadership and deputy leadership voting on the Labour Party results page

Friday, 11 September 2015

Creasy remains LabourList readers’ favourite for deputy leader

According to the new LabourList poll, published after the close of voting yesterday, Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy heads the contest for deputy leadership of the Labour Party, slightly increasing her lead over Tom Watson from the poll conducted before voting started.

"This week’s survey, the last before the results are announced this weekend, saw Creasy come top in the deputy leader question with 34% of the vote. Tom Watson, widely tipped as favourite before tomorrow’s result, came second in the survey with 26%, five points ahead of Angela Eagle on 21%. Caroline Flint, who earned the second most nominations from MPs, received 12% of the vote, and Ben Bradshaw received 8%."

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Standup Comedy Special - for Stella4Deputy campaign


More than three quarters of the members . . .

. . . who came to the nomination meeting in July made Stella their first choice for Deputy leader; the Labour List poll earlier this month put her in the lead of the five candidates; she's been backed by Labour veterans John Prescott, and Neil Kinnock, and now here's a brilliant evening of standup comedy at the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street and your chance to help raise funds to support the Stella4Deputy campaign. 

Susan Murray MC
It's presented by the fantastic Red Imp comedy club which regularly features top international comics in the intimate surrounds of the upstairs theatre there (Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Omid Djalili, Stewart Lee - the list just goes on). It's hosted by resident MC and comedy legend Susan Murray, and is on 
Tuesday September 8th 
starting at 8pm, till approx 10.30. Tickets cost £15, (£12 for early birds while they're still available. Don't miss out!) 

The programme features:
  • Doug Segal - winner 'Best Cabaret Award' Brighton Fringe 2012, & 'Three Weeks' Editor’s Award Edinburgh Fringe; comedy plus feats of mind reading and mind control.
  • Maureen Younger - actor, stand up comedian & writer, contributing to the Standard, credits BBC Radio and Sky News. 
  • John Mann - longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner),  works all over the world. 
  • David Fulton - Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Steve Coogan’s Saxondale, BBC's The Stand-up Show, and 5’s The Comedy Store. ‘Whoever decided Americans don’t have any sense of irony, forgot to tell Dave Fulton’ – The Guide. 
See the Stella for Deputy campaign page and the latest updates page

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

‘It’s not a question of left or right — Labour’s challenge is to be relevant’ Stella in The Times


Click the Times logo (or click herefor the interview with Stella Creasy MP. In case you can't get past the paywall this link is to a pdf copy. 



"Don’t take my word for it, but Stella’s destined to be Labour leader" Matthew Norman

Political commentator Matthew Norman, who writes The Independent’s media diary says in the paper's comments pages Independent Voices: "Creasy shows all the hallmarks of leadership material". Despite acknowledging the limitations of his previous crystal ball gazing he predicts 'Stella Creasy will be the next leader but one.' Read the full article here.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Vote ONLINE in Leadership & Mayoral ballots - even if you're abroad

Ballot papers have started arriving and you can vote by simply filling yours in and posting it, or by going online to:


and following the instructions.

If you're out of the country till after the September 10th deadline you can still vote online provided you don't miss the email sent to you with your personal security code. The code is in two parts, and is also printed on the ballot paper. You need the code when you vote online. The email will probably have the header "VOTE NOW: Labour Party elections"

Deadline is noon September 10th

Stella in tonight's Evening Standard

In case you missed it here is the article about deputy leadership candidate Stella Creasy in Monday's Evening Standard:



Thursday, 13 August 2015

Why you should vote for Stella Creasy as Deputy Leader


There has been much discussion about candidates for leader and deputy leader, and the voting is about to begin. Ballot papers start going out on Friday 14th August, so how should you vote?

This if course is up to you but to help you decide about the contest for the deputy leadership here are links to a  number of recent articles, posts etc that may help you assess the strengths Stella could bring to the role. A few are to posts on this blog but most are to external web sites. Some are very recent, and some less so. More will be added.

Stella Creasy - why I'm standing
In the London Evening Standard Aug17
Neil Kinnock backs Stella Creasy on LabourList
The LabourList poll
In the Huffington Post on Changing the world
Labour Finance & Industry group - statement on Labour & business
This blog: the Walthamstow CLP nomination
In Grazia on politics and sexism
Campaign video on YouTube
LabourList on community organising and voter ID
In The Guardian 2013 on the women on banknotes campaign
The Guardian 2013 Twitter boss says sorry to targets of troll abuse

And a reminder of how Steve Bell depicted the effect of Stella's payday loans campaign on the Tory/LibDem coalition Government:

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cycle routes during the Victoria Line closure

The Victoria Line is now closed for the rest of August (along with the footpath to Queens Road station). Rather than use the overground it might be quicker and easier, (and cheaper!) to use a bike route, possibly just to get to Finsbury Park and pick up the Vic from there.

Below are links to some cycle routes starting from around Walthamstow Central suggested on the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign website. Check their routes page for the full details, return routes and alternative routes.
They’ve also had offers of help to make your first commute as easy and safe as possible with 'Ride buddies' to show you the way. The destinations offered so far include:

Friday, 7 August 2015

Stella Creasy leads the deputy leadership race in latest LabourList survey



The  latest survey on the LabourList site asks:
"Who do you want to be Labour’s deputy leader? In the past, for the largest amount of LabourList reader the answer to this question has been Tom Watson.

"However, this week Stella Creasy has take a 4 point lead over Watson, with 31% choosing her. Watson received 27% of the vote. Last time round Watson secured 33% of the vote, while Creasy was on 27%. The two have switched positions – although Creasy has a slightly smaller lead than Watson did. This change could be down to the fact that numerous hustings have taken place and candidates have had more time to set out their stalls. Therefore opinion may have shifted the more exposure readers have had to particular candidates."

Stella Creasy in Grazia, on sexism
Read the full article on LabourList here
In the recent supporting nominations meeting Walthamstow CLP overwhelmingly nominated Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy for the deputy leadership. Full Walthamstow nomination details here

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Leader and Deputy nomination meeting - Walthamstow CLP supports:


Corbyn and Creasy



In a packed meeting Walthamstow CLP nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party Leadership, and its own MP Stella Creasy for the Deputy Leadership. In accordance with the new rules on leadership selections the meeting - held today Saturday 25 July 2015 - was open to all party members within Walthamstow, and all supporters who had affiliated to the party through membership of an organisation affiliated to the Labour Party (see here for full list of affiliated organisations).


Two separate ballots were conducted using a single round preferential vote system. Under this system voters allocate preferences for each candidate (from 1 - 4 for leader, or 1 - 5 for deputy, or as few preferences as they wish). The candidate with the fewest 1st preferences drops out and the 2nd preferences are then re-allocated; this repeats to the lower preferences till one candidate has 50%+1 of the vote.

The votes cast were:
LEADERSHIP BALLOT

Total votes cast = 92

Round
Andy
Burnham
Yvette
Cooper
Jeremy
Corbyn
Liz
Kendall
Spoilt
1st pref
25
15
39
12
1




E

2nd pref
4
5
1


Round 2
29
20
40




E



3rd pref
12

4


Round 3
41

44





Winner
(52%)



E = eliminated
Note: after the first round totals do not equal total votes cast if a reduced number of preferences has been expressed by voters.

DEPUTY LEADERSHIP BALLOT
Total votes cast = 91

Round
Ben
Bradshaw
Stella
Creasy
Angela
Eagle
Caroline
Flint
Tom
Watson
Spoilt
1st pref
2
69
1
0
15
4


Winner
(76%)





Supporting nominations close on July 31st.

The next and final stage of the contest is the postal ballot. This starts on August 14 when the papers go out, and votes must be submitted by September 10th. Voting is open to an even wider field of people; in addition to all party members, and all supporters who affiliated to the party through membership of an affiliated organisation, other supporters can register, by paying just £3. The closing date for this is August 12th. Register or join here

The final result will be declared at a special conference in London on Saturday September 12th

Monday, 20 July 2015

Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Sunday 19th July - taking part in the London hustings for the Labour Deputy Leadership contest
  • Monday 20th July - attending parliament to vote against the Government's welfare reform proposals 
  • Tuesday 21st July - taking part in the Coop Party Hustings for the Labour Deputy Leadership
  • Wednesday 22nd July - taking part in a debate on the impact of think tanks on politics and running a campaign bootcamp workshop for young people 
  • Thursday 23rd July - speaking in Bath about why I am standing for the Labour Deputy Leadership 
  • Friday 24th July - holding one of my regular appointment only advice surgeries for local residents. To book a place please call 020 8521 1223

Thursday, 16 July 2015

London Hustings and Meeting with Stella

Stella Creasy's Deputy Leadership Campaign team write:

"Stella will be taking centre stage this Sunday for the London hustings at the Camden Centre so we hoped you could join us for some campaigning at the venue before it starts at around 12pm. Following the hustings, we will then be heading to a nearby venue for a members meeting with Stella, and would love to see you there too:
Sunday 19 July From 2.30 - 4pm
Somers Town Coffee House
60 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1HS
Hope to see you there,
Stella Creasy Campaign team"

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

How are the Leader and Deputy candidates CLP supporting nominations going?

Currently CLPs across the country are casting supporting nominations for the candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. You can keep track of these from these two links:


Where to find Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow, this week

  • Tuesday 14th July - leading in parliament for Labour on the debate on Rent to Own Companies 
  • Wednesday 15 July - attending parliament to vote against the reintroduction of fox hunting to Britain 
  • Thursday 16 July - attending hustings for the Labour Deputy Leadership debate in Oxford 
  • Saturday 18 July - attending hustings for the Labour Deputy Leadership debate in Brighton 
  • Sunday 19th July - attending hustings for the Labour Deputy Leadership debate in London