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Stella Creasy

Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow
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Stella was elected for Walthamstow in 2010, having previously been a Waltham Forest councillor and Mayor of the Borough, and currently serves as a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Stella gained her PhD in psychology and worked for the Scouting Association and Involve, the public involvement think tank. Previously she worked in Westminster for Douglas Alexander, Charles Clarke and Ross Cranston.

Stella has been leading a high profile campaign to control legal loan sharks.

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  • Co-operative MPs celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight (6 Jul 2013)
    Today, International Co-operatives Day, marks the close of Co-operatives Fortnight 2013, celebrated around the country by co-operative enterprises. Our Members of Parliament made their own contribution by organising a Parliamentary debate, highlighting the great work of co-ops here and abroad. The debate was organized by Chris Evans, Labour & Co-operative MP for Islwyn. Throughout the […]
  • Step forward in the House of Lords for loansharks campaign (29 Nov 2012)
    Last night the government recognised the need to cap the interest rates charged on payday loans, responding to a debate in the House of Lords on a proposed amendment to the Financial Services Bill. As inflation rises and household incomes fall, increasing numbers of people are borrowing from payday lenders to make ends meet and […]
  • Stella Creasy MP dinner in Liverpool, 11th October (6 Oct 2012)
    Stella Creasy MP dinner – an invitation from Liverpool & Sefton Co-operative Party Great news! Stella Creasy has agreed to be the guest of honour at our first Liverpool & Sefton Co-operative Party fundraising dinner. Stella will be speaking about her fantastic work campaigning to End Legal Loan Sharks and what it means to be […]
  • Bringing the End Legal Loansharking campaign to Labour Party Conference (1 Oct 2012)
    The Co-operative Party’s Development & Campaigns Officer Rebecca Mattingly previews tonight’s Labour Party Conference event. Today at Labour Party Conference, the Co-operative Party will join with Movement for Change for an End Legal Loansharking campaign training session. Speakers including Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP and Stella Creasy MP will build on growing activism around the […]
  • The Co-operative Party at Labour Party Conference (25 Sep 2012)
    The Co-operative Party has announced its events at Labour Party Conference which takes place in Manchester next week. We are hosting a varied set of fringe meetings, training events and socials, with partners including CSM, Movement for Change, Compass, the Fabians and Labour Students. We look forward to seeing delegates in Manchester – the Co-operative […]
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Women in Business (10 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: The Minister mentioned in passing the latest figures on women in boardrooms. In responding to those figures, the former Minister for Women, the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Maria Miller), said that we need to be honest that the culture in Britain is not neutral to women and is still “white, male and heterosexual.” Does the Minister agree? If so, what message does she...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (8 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: The Foreign Secretary has talked proudly of his preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative and the summit in June. Given the concerns that many hon. Members have about what is happening in Sri Lanka, does he believe that the Sri Lankan Government will attend, and what action will he take if they do not?
  • Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Office of Fair Trading (2 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the Office of Fair Trading's incomplete (a) market studies, (b) competition enforcement cases and (c) consumer enforcement cases will be continued by which new enforcers after 1 April 2014.
  • Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Competition Commission (2 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of the Competition Commission's incomplete (a) market investigations, (b) merger inquiries, (c) regulatory references and (d) undertakings or order reviews will be continued by which new enforcers after 1 April 2014.
  • Written Answers — Health: Social Services (2 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings officials in his Department have had with officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implications of the Consumer Rights Bill for (a) users of personal care budgets and (b) providers of personal care budgets; and what the civil service grades of officials present were.
  • Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Consumer Rights Bill (2 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings officials in her Department have had with officials from the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills on the implications of the Consumer Rights Bill for (a) licence fee payers and (b) the BBC; and what the Civil Service grades of officials present were.
  • Written Answers — Education: Children: Day Care (1 Apr 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what meetings officials in his Department have had with officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implications of the Consumer Rights Bill for (a) childcare voucher users and (b) providers of childcare services; and what the Civil Service grades of officials present were.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre (Detainee Death) (31 Mar 2014)
    Stella Creasy: May I also associate myself with the comments of the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes)? The Minister talks about the importance of treating detainees with dignity and respect. He will know that, before yesterday’s tragic incident, there has been a growing chorus of concerns about the experience of women in particular at Yarl’s Wood: there are stories of sexual...
  • Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Annuities (31 Mar 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of the provisions of the Consumer Rights Bill on the affordability of pensions annuities; and if he will make a statement.
  • Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Students: Fees and Charges (31 Mar 2014)
    Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of (a) students and (b) higher education providers and universities on the implications of the Consumer Rights Bill for fee-paying students; and what the Civil Service grades of officials present were.
  • More Power to All Our Elbows: Joint Article on Public Service Reform by Jon Cruddas MP & Stella Creasy MP (24 Mar 2014)
    This article was originally published by the New Statesman on Monday 24th March 2014 – See here for details.    The old model of politics where progress depended upon centralising the capacity to act – whether in the market or by top down state intervention – no longer works.


 The task of Labour’s Policy Review is help to change politics by devolving more power to people, giving them more control over their lives. That includes reforming how public services work. The traditional silo mentality, where different departments or services jealously guard resources, won’t work. Likewise, concerns about who provides a service – public, voluntary or private – don’t answer the questions around the role of the public themselves in the outcomes achieved. Little has really changed in our ability to shape services directly around our own circumstances, despite the impact they have on our lives. As Ed Miliband has said, “I get as many people coming to me frustrated by the unresponsive state as the untamed market”. Too often, p

atient choice is confined to options made by professionals. Limited access to personal care budgets and a lack of shared decision-making more generally means only a few get the flexibility and […]
  • A Good Home & Good Health for All in Walthamstow: Ask the Experts Event House of Commons Tuesday 1 April 2014 (24 Mar 2014)
    Over the last few months hundreds of residents have been reporting the problems they face with healthcare and housing access in Walthamstow- from rip off fees from estate agents and letting agents, to not being able to get through on the phone to their doctors surgery or waiting weeks for an appointment when they do. As part of our research into these problems, I’ve invited national experts to come and meet with residents affected in parliament on Tuesday 1 April 2014 – I’m delighted that Jamie Reed MP, the Shadow Health Minister and Emma Reynolds MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing, can join us to hear first hand from residents affected by these problems and help us decide how to act. I’m also pleased representatives from Shelter, The Hackney Law Centre, Crisis and Healthwatch will also be attending to give their expertise on the problems we have identified in Walthamstow. We’ll be asking them for their ideas on how to challenge those landlords or agents who rip residents off, and those doctors who aren’t listening to local people. If you have concerns about healthcare or housing in Walthamstow and would like to contribute to this discussion please RSVP to stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk for further details and […]
  • Walthamstow’s Wonderful Women Walk : Then and Now Photographs (13 Mar 2014)
    Over 500 women took part in the first ever  Walthamstow Wonderful Women Walk on Saturday 8th March in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014. Local women walked in the footsteps of suffragettes who gathered in Cedar’s Avenue, Walthamstow in 1910 ahead of a protest against those who wanted to deny women the vote. They then marched to Walthamstow town centre where over 100 years ago Sylvia, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst called for an equal role for women in our country. Thank you to the Museum of London who provided the original photograph and inspiration for this event. Thank you also to local photographers Nicola Treet and Bronac McNeil who took the contemporary photos on this page. Please see below pictures from the march. You can read about the reasons behind the event here.    
  • The 2014 Wonderful Women’s Walk: Why it Matters for Walthamstow and for Britain (13 Mar 2014)
    313. Not a reference to the number of emails I get every day or tweets I send. As the representative of Walthamstow, I am the 313st UK female MP. In our supposedly modern nation it is a sobering thought there have been fewer female MPs ever – 369 in all – than there are currently men- all 503 of them- sat in the House of Commons. At the current pace of change, a child born in Whipps Cross today will be drawing her pension before she sees equal numbers of men and women in parliament making decisions on how her country is run. This disparity isn’t just at a national level- too often in local meetings about our area I am the only woman in the room. Over 100 years since women in our community marched our local streets calling for the vote, our progress towards equality remains agonisingly slow- to the detriment of us all.   If you think this is about politics, think again. Only 23% of our senior managers and just 17 % of Directors in FTSE 100 boards are women. They make up just 28 % of directors of national and regional museums and galleries, 13 % of […]
  • MP and Councillors join local residents at workshops to improve Health and Housing services in Walthamstow (5 Mar 2014)
    Local residents came together at workshops across Walthamstow to look at ways to improve the local health and housing services.   The workshops took place in William Morris, Lea Bridge and Chapel End. The workshops provided local residents with the opportunity to voice their concerns. The workshops aimed to gather evidence about local residents’ experiences and their ideas on how to make improvements.   Speaking about the workshops Stella said: “It is becoming clear that many people in Walthamstow are having problems with the health and housing services that they rely on in their everyday lives. These workshops have given us a better understanding of these issues and bring local people together in tackling them. “I hope that anyone who has experienced issues in these sectors or who wants to be involved in making services work better for local people will join us, share their stories and help with the campaign.” The workshops took place in response to local residents struggling to get access to a GP or who have had experience of bad practice in the housing sector. They will help to explore the causes of these problems and help campaign for changes to the behaviour of those involved to […]