Monday, 10 July 2017

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

  • Monday 10th July - attending parliament to question the Prime Minister on her discussions with other leaders at the G20 summit 
  • Thursday 13th July - visiting Holy Family College to run a citizenship lesson for students
  • Friday 14th July - helping to host the Stow Stories Social event with the E17 People's Library. Details below. 
  • Saturday 15th July - visiting a local care home to meet with residents and then supporting the Walthamstow Garden Party.
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Free Sodo Pizza at the E17 People's Library and Stow Stories Social 
As part of helping to support positive community relationships in Walthamstow, Stow Story Socials are opportunities for residents to come together over refreshments and share their stories about our community. This project was developed following the EU referendum as part of We17 to help address concerns about social tension and division. 

This project is now joining forces with a new project starting in Walthamstow called the E17 People's Library. The E17 People's Library is a social history project to celebrate the diversity and richness of the life stories and talents of all the beautiful people living in E17. They want to listen, share and learn from each other, bringing neighbours old and new together to show how and why Walthamstow means welcome.

The next event will be on Friday 14th July at the new Community venue CentrE17 from 6.30pm to 8pm. We'll be eating pizza from Sodo Pizza and sharing stories about our community- All Walthamstow residents are welcome to attend - we only ask that you bring something non alcoholic for people to drink that can be shared and RSVP to let us know how many cups we need!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Tower Block Safety in Walthamstow: Update from Stella Creasy MP

In her Working for Walthamstow newsletter this week Stella Creasy MP reports

"Further to last week's e-newsletter I have had more updates from
Waltham Forest Council and local housing associations regarding the fire safety measures they have reviewed in our local tower blocks. To date, all the cladding tested by the Government in the light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy has failed safety testing, and there has been extensive discussion of this issue in parliament. 

Locally, Waltham Forest Council are updating residents via their website regarding the 21 blocks over the height of six storeys in Waltham Forest. They state the following: 

"We know that many people in the borough and across London have valid concerns about fire safety in high-rise buildings following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower. The safety of residents and tenants should always be paramount for local authorities. A small number of tall buildings are under construction in the borough, including the Hill Residential scheme at 97 Lea Bridge Road. We are liaising closely with the developer and contractor through our Building Control team to ensure that design and construction maximises the safety of occupants. As a new-build development the installation of sprinkler systems will be required to comply with modern fire safety regulations. This development will not use the cladding system that was used at Grenfell Tower.

The major refurbishment of Lea Bridge House is being undertaken by Paradigm Housing through the contractor Rydon who completed the works at Grenfell House. The council is working closely with Paradigm to ensure the 10-storey building meets and exceeds mandatory safety regulations.

The project involves the refurbishment of the original 1960s residential block, with the addition of two four-storey wings. It does not involve the installation of external cladding. As part of the scheme fire prevention and safety measures will be implemented including a fire-suppression sprinkler system, a measure that exceeds current fire safety regulations for renovation of older properties, and the existing windows will be replaced with powder-coated aluminium frames that are far less combustible than the more traditional UPVC type.

It is important and right that we continue to provide high-quality, affordable housing for the residents and workers of the borough. To maintain the balance between housing and essential infrastructure such as parks, schools, shops and health centres we sometimes have no option but to build upwards. At the same time, we will keep a keen watch on the investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster so that we can immediately implement any recommendations to maximise the safety of our residents."

In addition to the local authority, other Housing Associations are also reviewing the safety of their buildings. As part of this London and Quadrant have written to me regarding the Walthamstow Dog track site - now called Stadium Place- and state the following: 

"Our surveys have found that there is aluminium cladding on a block at Stadium Place. This cladding is being tested as a matter of urgency. We have employed security personnel who will patrol the block 24 hours a day, until we receive the results of the test. We have written to residents to let them know. We have also notified the fire authority. Our staff are on site to offer guidance and reassurance.

If the test results tell us that the materials pose a fire risk, they will be removed and replaced as soon as possible. If there is an immediate risk to our residents, we will move them to suitable alternative accommodation until we can resolve the problem."

Furthermore, I can also confirm that Waltham Forest Council are following up on residents concerns about the Travelodge next to Walthamstow Central Station and the Scene development on Walthamstow High Street. I will continue to update residents on the information I receive on these issues via this e-newsletter. 

Residents may also be interested in supporting this action along with other Walthamstow neighbours to help a nursery which was based in the Grenfell Tower - you can find more details here."
To subscribe to the Working for Walthamstow newsletter email Stella Creasy MP

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

  • Monday 26th June to Wednesday 28th June - returning to parliament to work on fighting for equality to be a priority in the Queen's Speech - see here for details. 
  • Thursday 29th June - voting on the Queen's Speech and then helping campaign in the William Morris By-election.
  • Friday 30th June - visiting local community projects including Locus Walthamstow. 
  • Saturday 1st July - Holding a drop in advice surgery in Walthamstow town square 2-4pm. Please note this is tbc so please follow Facebook and Twitter for confirmation of venue.

The Government must show it is not willing to use women’s bodies as bargaining chips

Walthamstow CLP women's officer Jade Azim has written in support of the Queen's Speech amendment to secure equal treatment under the NHS in England for women who live in Northern Ireland (more here on this blog). In inews - the online tabloid newspaper from the Independent group - she writes:

"Last week’s Queen’s Speech was delivered by a government that has dragged the DUP – who have wreaked havoc for women and LGBTQ people in Northern Ireland – into the mainstream of British politics. It could be an era in which women’s reproductive rights come under attack – if we let it. 

"But there is nothing more powerful than a group of determined sisters. Stella Creasy MP, supported by progressive MPs and activists from British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) and UK Friends of Planned Parenthood (UKFPP) are working to do the opposite: use this moment in time –in the 50th anniversary year of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act – to extend the enshrined rights of women in mainland Britain to Northern Irish women, by tabling an amendment to the Queen’s Speech that would extend NHS cover for abortion procedures to Northern Irish women. 

"The law cuts out the poorest women. Currently, Northern Irish women often have to travel to England to terminate unwanted pregnancies, facing distress and considerable costs that can lock out the poorest women. More than 700 women and girls from Northern Ireland travelled to England in 2016 to access abortion clinics. For many of these women, this journey is desperately expensive. A recent court case was brought to the Supreme Court – narrowly being overturned – by a woman who travelled to England with her mother when she was 15 for an abortion in Manchester. It cost her £900. That’s a £900 price tag on services other British women can rightfully access freely."

Jade is also organiser for UK Friends of Planned Parenthood. She worked with Stella Creasy on the amendment to the Queen’s Speech tabled to call for women from Northern Ireland to have access to free abortions in England.

Read the full article by Jade Azim here
Read Stella Creasy MP in the Guardian here
Contact your MP to support the amendment: My Pledge Her Choice

"Let’s make this moment in British politics a positive one for women’s rights."

Friday, 23 June 2017

Stella Creasy MP coordinates cross-party amendment to NI abortion rights


The Guardian today carries news of a cross-party campaign to bring abortion rights under the NHS for women in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. The amendment is coordinated by Stella Creasy Labour MP for Walthamstow, with the support of the Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley. It asks the government to consider legislating so women from Northern Ireland have NHS abortion provision when they travel to England to terminate a pregnancy.

The DUP, with whom Theresa May is seeking an agreement to support her minority Conservative government, have historically taken a hard line on abortion, and Northern Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. No deal has yet been reached by the Conservatives with the DUP, but Stella Creasy said parties needed assurances not only that any pact with the DUP would not affect current equalities law, but that it would not tie the government’s hands when future legislation was needed.

“In this parliament it is not just a matter of whether hard-won progress on issues like inclusive sex and relationship education or access to services for same-sex couples will be under attack by this coalition, but also what issues don’t get addressed and are ignored. It is vital we do not let the fight for equality be sidelined, as it is clear without action Northern Irish women will pay the price for the government doing a deal to stay in power.”

In the general election earlier this month Stella Creasy was re-elected MP for Walthamstow with a majority of over 32,000 - an increase of more than 8,800 over her majority in the 2015 election.

Read the Guardian article in full here.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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

  • Saturday 17th June- helping to run the Great Get Together in Walthamstow Town Square. All residents welcome.
  • Sunday 18th June- attending further get togethers and street parties in Walthamstow.
  • Tuesday 20th June- supporting the fight to re-open the Dubs amendment and help refugee children. 
  • Wednesday 21st June- attending the Queens Speech to parliament 
  • Thursday 22nd June- hosting a thank you event for all those who helped with my general election campaign and attending the Walthamstow Labour Party General meeting.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The great Walthamstow get together - this Saturday 6-10pm Town Square

On Saturday 17th June Walthamstow will be coming together in our town square from 6pm to show we have more in common than divides us - you can win prizes including nandos vouchers and cinema tickets by making your own social media shareable content about this and sharing your entries to this competition with local MP Stella Creasy via her facebook: www.facebook.com/stellacreasy or her twitter: @stellacreasy. Click the image to watch the video . . . 

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

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

  • Monday 12th June - returning to parliament as the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow.
  • Saturday 17th June- helping to run the Great Get Together in Walthamstow Town Square. All residents welcome- please see below for full details and how to register for free food or help with this volunteer led event.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy, Labour's candidate for Walthamstow on June 8th

  • Monday 29th May - attending the Walthamstow CLP General Election Fundraiser. To find out more click here
  • Tuesday 30th May - holding a meeting to discuss setting up a trade union for Walthamstow's self employed residents. To sign up to come click here. 
  • Thursday 1st June - attending the volunteers week events in Walthamstow town centre and speaking in Croydon about the General Election and campaigning in Tooting. 
  • Friday 2nd June- attending the launch of the E17 Art Trail

Stella, in her latest newsletter, says
"Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to support my campaign to be re-elected as the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow. If you would like to help my campaign, let me know you'll be voting for me or request a poster for your window to show your support you can do so via my website."


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Manchester - announcement from Iain McNicol, and statement from Jeremy Corbyn

"Following the dreadful events in Manchester last night Jeremy Corbyn has spoken with the Prime Minister and has agreed that that all national campaigning in the General Election will be suspended until further notice.

"In addition, for today we are asking that all local Labour Party campaigning is suspended. This includes leaflet rounds, calling, door knocking, events and hustings. Please see below for a statement from Jeremy Corbyn.

With best wishes,
Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party"
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Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

"I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. 

"Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives. 

"I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city. 

"I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night's appalling events.

"I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice."

Thursday, 18 May 2017

General Election Fundraiser - Labour Family Fortunes Competition & Curry

(Cut the 'flannel' . . . .  tickets online at Billetto)

General Election 2017 Fundraiser
8-11pm, May 29, 2017

A night of competition and curry suitable for teams of supporters and members of the Labour movement of all ages, it's hosted by John O'Farrell (author of 'Things Can Only Get Better', 'An Utterly Impartial History of Britain' etc) and special guests....
John O'Farrell - an utterly impartial historian of Britain
Tickets are just £18 a head (£15 concessions) for those who book in advance and include a fantastic three course curry buffet dinner. You can also buy a group ticket for five people for just £70 or a team table for ten of just £135.

As part of the evening, tables will compete in a variety of challenges - from a round of Labour Family fortunes, to Neil Gerrard's Game of Testing Trivia, and Guess the Speaker's Speech Seconds- with the winning team taking home both the glory and the prize pot of £100.

Family Fortunes
Have a go at the Family Fortunes quiz here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6KYNQQZ 

Curry Dinner
Please note dinner will be served shortly after sundown.

To Book:

Why Does it Matter?

  • Working people would be £2,300 worse off under Theresa May’s watered down National Living Wage.
  • Only a Labour government will deliver a £10 minimum wage- with 46% of people in Walthamstow earning less than this and 11,000 children living in poverty here the choice at the election is clear.
  • Without action, soon there will be more people living below the breadline in our country than there were under Margaret Thatcher- that's why if I am re-elected I will fight for a real living wage, affordable housing and local job creation to help Walthamstow's residents live debt free.

Thank you for your all your support and feedback so far - together in the month ahead we can show why Walthamstow and Britain can have a better future with a Labour Government.

All funds go towards the costs of the General Election campaign 
to get Stella Creasy re-elected as Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow. 
For queries about this event:
email campaigns@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk or call 07957228019.
This event is promoted by Dan Neidle on behalf of Stella Creasy, both at 23 Orford Road E17 9NL.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Labour's key manifesto pledges

1. Making work pay: A real living wage of £10 per hour by 2020.
2. Investment in Britain: Labour's £500bn big deal to upgrade the economy.
3. Take back control: Rail, energy, water and Royal Mail in public ownership.
4. Jobs and economy first: A Brexit for the many not the few.
5. Extend childcare: 30 hours for all 2 to 4 year olds.
6. Our children's futures: Increase schools funding, cut class sizes and free school meals for all primary school children.
7. Free education: Scrap tuition fees and college fees.
8. End the NHS crisis: Extra funding for our health service.
9. Dignity for all: Towards a National Care Service.
10. Your community safer: 10,000 extra police officers.
11. Decent homes for all: A million new homes to rent or buy.
12. Tax guarantee: No VAT, national insurance or income tax rise for 95%.


Labour will build a Britain for the many not the few

View the manifesto online 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Cllr Nadeem Ali: A Tribute

This weekend Walthamstow lost one of its own - William Morris Councillor and Former local Mayor Nadeem Ali tragically died aged just 34 years old on Saturday 13th May. 

Stella Creasy has issued this tribute in her working for walthamstow newsletter this week, and we in Walthamstow Labour Party wish to endorse it fully:

"Nadeem was incredibly proud of his home town, and a passionate advocate for the Labour Party too. He served as Mayor 2013-2014, and superbly represented the borough at both many local and national events. His many friends and family in our community are devastated by his untimely death and understandably distraught and there will be a number of commemoration events in the coming days at local venues to enable residents to pay their respects. 

"As well as being a well known and active figure in our local area, Nadeem was proud of his faith and a regular and powerful reciter of the Qu'ran at religious and community events. I shall personally miss his good humour as well as his kindness in his friendship, and I know many in Walthamstow will be thinking of his wife, family and friends at this difficult time. Out of respect to Nadeem, all local Labour Party campaigning for the General Election has been suspended for the remainder of this weekend."

The Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest 2013-14 Cllr. Nadeem Ali, at the Remembrance Sunday service

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy, Labour's candidate for Walthamstow on June 8th

  • Monday 15th May - attending the meeting on community safety in the High Street area organised by Cllr Clare Coghill with the Waltham Forest Police. 
  • Wednesday 17th May - participating in the General Election hustings organised by St Marys Church.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to support my campaign to be re-elected as the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow. If you would like to help my campaign, let me know you'll be voting for me or request a poster for your window to show your support you can do so via my website.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Where, this week, to find Stella Creasy, Labour's candidate for Walthamstow on June 8th



Please note, with effect from the dissolution of Parliament at midnight last Wednesday, there are no MPs and Stella Creasy is therefore no longer MP for Walthamstow. We will of course be campaigning very hard to make sure she is returned again to parliament for Walthamstow by the result on polling day on June 8th.


  • Sunday 7th May - attending the E17 Designers Market
  • Monday 8th May - awaiting the latest hearing regarding the man accused of raping and murdering Michelle Samaraweera 
  • Friday 12th May- supporting the Refugee Fundraising Quiz
  • Saturday 13th May - visiting the Tamil Sangam 
  • Sunday 14th May - supporting our new Hoe Street Yard Market. Details below.
Hoe Street Market - Sunday 14th May 
Hoe St Market is a new monthly event in the front car park of the Trades Hall, 17, Hoe St, between the disused petrol station and Yard Sale Pizza. Starting on Sunday 14th May between 12-5pm, you can buy art, homeware and gifts from local designers as well as food and drinks from independent bakers, makers, producers and culinary wizards. They hope to pop up the second Sunday of every month.


Monday, 1 May 2017

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

  • Sunday 30th April - attending the 'Disco Soup' local food forum in Wood Street. 
  • Monday 1st May - at the launch of Hollywood E17 (see below for more details) and then at the Friends of Lloyd Park Dog Show
  • Wednesday 3rd May - as parliament goes into dissolution, launching my formal campaign for re-election as the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow
  • Thursday 4th May - speaking at the launch of Dianne Abbott's campaign for re-election
  • Saturday 6th May - attending the First World War Event at Vestry House
  • Sunday 7th May - attending the E17 Designers

Hollywood E17: Blue Plaque Unveiling by Paul McGann Monday 1 May 12pm 

One of the projects I have been working with in Walthamstow is a local scheme to celebrate our heritage as the birthplace of the British film industry. As part of this blue plaques are being sited to commemorate the locations of film production studios in Walthamstow. On Monday 1st May at midday there will be an unveiling ceremony with special guest, actor Paul McGann, at the site of the Precision Studios in Wood Street Walthamstow, now Beuleigh Court on Wood Street, on the junction of Wood Street and Lea Bridge Road at Whipps Cross roundabout. The event will then proceed to the Dukes Head, a regular hangout for the silent film industry and a 3 - 5 minute walk from the blue plaque site. To RSVP to this event please click here.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

'I will never stop working for Walthamstow' - Stella Creasy MP


Following yesterday's announcement Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy wrote to all local Labour Party members:

"Today Theresa May has given us the opportunity to give this country and this community what it needs and deserves: a Labour Government.

Whatever the Tories throw at us I will never stop working for Walthamstow.

Ahead of a General Election on June 8th, I’m asking for your help and your voice to speak up for the following:
  • An open and proud country which seeks to cooperate with our European neighbours – not close the door to investment, jobs and talent. I voted against the Article 50 legislation to send a message to Theresa May that abandoning the single market was wrong – now we need to send a message to this country that Labour will not let Tories lead Britain to a hard Brexit.
  • The healthcare and housing our community desperately needs - cuts to health and social care are hurting many in our community, and too many people in Walthamstow are struggling to keep a roof above their heads. We urgently need investment in social housing as well as to tackle the rental and property market, and to ensure people not profits are at the centre of our NHS.
  • Our local schools face budget cuts of up to 20% and many of our young people are struggling to stay in university or college. Local potential is going to waste. With more than one in ten residents self employed, it's vital for the future of our economy and our education to invest in skills and support services to help them succeed. Whilst Tories have cut this funding, Labour must lead the fight for an education service and economy fit for the 21st century.
I’m asking you now to join us fighting for our shared values and for our shared ambitions for Walthamstow and for our nation - whether helping deliver leaflets, donating time or money or being part of our teams out helping support Labour in marginal areas, it is our members and supporters who can make a deliver a different future for Britain.

If you want to be part of this fight please email with the best contact number for you and someone will call you shortly to discuss how best you can help.

Thank you for your support – together we can show Britain has a better future with Labour.
Stella Creasy MP
Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow

p.s. Help us make sure everyone in Walthamstow eligible to vote can do so by sharing this link to register to vote online

Saturday, 15 April 2017

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

  • Tuesday 18th April - returning to parliament to take part in the Finance Bill debates on the Government's budget plans, and to host a women's leadership workshop. To book your place on the Circular Firing Up Squad which will take place at 6.30pm in parliament please email.
  • Wednesday 19th April - attending the Freedom of Expression Awards to support the work of the Index on Censorship.
  • Thursday 20th April - working with the refugee charity Flying Seagull to promote their work, and then attending a ceremony to thank the Dolphin Housing leadership team for investing in Butterfields in Walthamstow. 
  • Friday 21st April - visiting Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College to meet with pupils. 
  • Saturday 22nd April - speaking at the Cosmopolitan Magazine Self Made Summit to support women's leadership. 
  • Sunday 23rd April - campaigning in the local elections in Witney and Oxford, as well as supporting a refugee charity event in the city.

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:

AN EVENING AT CHEQUERS
Hosted by STELLA CREASY MP 
with Expert Quiz Master NEIL GERRARD 

SUNDAY APRIL 2nd 2017 8pm

QUIZ PRIZE MONEY £100!
RAFFLE! CAKE!
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS!
ALL WELCOME!



At THE CHEQUERS PUB 
145 High St, London, E17 7BX 

BOOK 
Tickets 
  • 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

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Stella Creasy MP - What's happening with Brexit & article 50?

This week Parliament continues debating the bill to give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 and so pursue her vision of Brexit – this is to update you on what has been happening and what will happen today. Many residents have written to me about possible changes or additions to this bill. 

Despite hundreds of pages of proposed amendments, given the short time available the Chair of the debate only allowed votes on the following eight amendments.
  • NC3 - Parliamentary oversight of negotiations
  • NC4 - The role of the Joint Ministerial Committee
  • NC26 - The role of the Joint Ministerial Committee
  • NC158 - Funding for Wales after Brexit
  • NC110 - The role of Parliament in approving any final deal
  • NC180 – EU membership if any deal is rejected
  • NC5 - Impact on future trade with EU
  • NC143 - Financial assessment of leaving the single market 

All of these proposals have been defeated by the Government. 

The Government have now agreed Parliament can vote on the final deal before the European Parliament does, but confirmed they will not continue to negotiate with the EU if Parliament votes against their proposals. 

This risks Britain falling back onto World Trade Organisation rules for trading with the EU if the deal falls through -you can watch my debate with Iain Duncan Smith MP on why this could cause problems

This makes such a vote not an opportunity, but an ultimatum. 

Today we expect to vote on measures around the rights of European Nationals currently living in the UK, single market access and security measures. There could also be further votes on issues such as membership of Euratom, visa free travel and ‘grandfathering’ EU trade deals (please note it is not confirmed what has been selected for debate at this point).

There are only five hours allocated for this discussion and at the end of this process there will be another final debate on the text of the bill – so expect the final votes in the House of Commons on this bill to begin around 8pm at the earliest.

Thank you for the thousands of messages I have now received about this bill and amendments – I hope residents can understand in such circumstances that I have chosen to try to keep everyone updated via these emails and that this above information is of interest. 




Stella Creasy MP
Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Walthamstow - a briefing

This briefing has been produced by the Political Education co-ordinator for 
Walthamstow Labour Party to whom we are very grateful. 
STPs are currently under intense discussion locally.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are currently being drawn up all around the country to make major changes to the NHS. Understanding this mechanism is really important if you want to help shape our local NHS in a positive way.

Some background
 
In 2014, NHS England laid out their plans for the NHS until 2020/21 (the ‘Five Year Forward View). They estimated that if current funding and health care provision remain the same, by 2020/21 there will be a £30bn shortfall in NHS funding. NHS England proposed a number of ways to help address this funding gap through the transformation of services:
·         More prevention and public health.
·         More integrated care (physical and mental health; social care and health care; acute and primary care).
·         More community based services.
At the same time, the Government promised to invest £8bn in the NHS in the last Parliament. This still leaves 22bn still missing from the NHS budget by 2020/21.

What are the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)?
England has been divided up into 44 ‘footprints’, consisting of the health and care authorities in that area. Each of these has to submit an STP, which will outline how these changes will be made in that particular area. Of the overall forecast gap, 15bn of the savings have to be made through these local footprints. This equates to each area spending an average of £341 million less by 2020/21.
  
What about Walthamstow?
Walthamstow is in the North East London footprint. It is estimated that the shortfall in the North East London area will be £578 million by 2020/21, or 14% of the overall spend on health.

You can have a look at our STP here: http://www.nelstp.org.uk/. Like the national strategy, it focusses on moving care out of hospital and into the community. The proposals include:
·         Over a quarter of A&E treatments to be shifted out of hospital into the community.
·      One third reduction in GPs. Compensated for by 200+ lower paid staff: physician assistants (science graduates with 2 year diploma); nurses; pharmacists.
·         Only 240 extra hospital beds by 2025 (projected need: 500).
·         More self care (people looking after themselves).
·         90% of people to access urgent care online or by phone.
·         More home births and mid-wife led units.
The Centre for Public Health have analysed these plans and point out a number of problems. There is little evidence that self-care or prevention will be able to take up the burden of the reduced services, especially as public health budgets have been cut. It is unclear if the new, less qualified workers will be able to cope with increasingly complex cases in the community. The average commute for key workers to Waltham Forest is 15 miles, throwing doubt on our ability to recruit 200+ lower paid public sector workers. We already have problems with turnover and recruitment to nursing roles. Expecting 90% of patients to book appointments for urgent care online or by phone is also testing in an area with high levels of English as a second language, a population turnover of 28% a year, and where only 42% of over-60s have internet access. They recommend three key questions we should be asking:
·         Will this workforce be able to provide care that is equal in coverage and quality to what is provided now - or better, or worse?
·         Is it realistic to expect that this workforce will be available?
·         If it is not realistic, what are the implications for patients in East London?

What can I do?
There are two key concerns about the STP process:
·         Accountability          
The only democratically accountable party in delivering STP plans are local councils, who have limited power in the process. There has been almost no role for patients and users of services.
o   Action! Help to raise the visibility of patients’ voices within this process. As part of the Healthy E17 campaign join your Patient Participation Group at your GP, or create one. Ask about how the STP plans will affect your GP.

·         Can the plans work?
Another concern is how realistic these plans are. They are based on the assumption that people’s health will improve, and people will become better at looking after themselves, and that community services can take over from hospital care. We also have the additional problem of the £58m Whipps’ Cross PFI debt
o   Action! Help out in the ongoing research Healthy E17 campaign are doing to investigate the Whipps Cross PFI debt.
o   Action! Please get in touch with any ideas you have for how we can help shape and improve this process. How can we improve public health in Walthamstow? How can we help to communicate these plans and changes to the local population? How can we help to keep the positive parts of these plans without jeopardising the future quality of our local healthcare? To respond email: 

More information here:

‘Transforming Services Together’: what does East London’s plan for health services imply for East Londoners? – Vivek Kotecha, Colin Leys, CHPI. https://tinyurl.com/jrxhkog
Can Simon Stevens’ Sustainability and Transformation Plans save the NHS? – Colin Leys, CHPI.https://tinyurl.com/hotdmga
North East London’s STP site - http://www.nelstp.org.uk/