Stella Creasy

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Stella Creasy
MP
Stella Creasey.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Walthamstow
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Neil Gerrard
Majority 9,478 (23.1%)
Personal details
Born Stella Judith Creasy
(1977-04-05) 5 April 1977 (age 37)
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge
London School of Economics
Occupation Psychologist
Public relations
Politician
Religion Christian (Anglicanism)
Website workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

Stella Judith Creasy[1] (born 5 April 1977)[2] is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the MP for Walthamstow since 2010.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Stella Creasy was born in Sutton Coldfield. Her parents are Philip Creasy and Corinna (née Martin), both active Labour Party members; the former is an opera singer and the latter a teacher.[4] She has aristocratic relations, q.v. Gort, Rotherwick, etc[5][6] After spending the earlier years of her childhood in Manchester, the family moved to Colchester where she attended Colchester County High School for Girls, a grammar school.[4]

After reading social and political sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge, she was awarded a PhD in social psychology in 2006 entitled Understanding the lifeworld of social exclusion, while working as a parliamentary researcher.[7] She was the recipient of the Richard Titmuss Award for her psychology papers. Creasy had failed the Eleven Plus, and had a second chance only because it coincided with her family's move south.[4]

She undertook a career in public relations, and prior to her election to Parliament, was head of public affairs for the Scout Association.[8]

Early political career[edit]

Creasy is a former deputy director of the think tank Involve, and has worked as a researcher and speech writer for Douglas Alexander, Charles Clarke, and Ross Cranston.[9][10]

She is a former Waltham Forest councillor, having served as deputy mayor, chief whip and as mayor for four months.[9] Creasy was also a member of the Young Fabians and served on their executive. In 2009 she co-wrote a pamphlet for the Young Fabians called The New Progressives[11] which also featured articles by Rachel Reeves.

As an MP[edit]

Creasy was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Walthamstow. She was elected to parliament at the 2010 general election, succeeding Neil Gerrard who had retired.[6] Ed Miliband appointed her Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention.

Payday loans[edit]

Creasy has been active in campaigning for increased regulation of payday loans companies.[12] In an article in The Guardian, she stated that six companies controlled lending to 90% of the seven million Britons who lacked a bank account or credit card. She claimed that the average cost of credit to these customers at 272% APR has led to cross-party support for a cap as in the rest of Europe and there has been a fourfold increase in payday loans since the start of the recession. In a debate in Parliament she noted the lack of competition in the market and asked for Government support to cap loans which exploited the poor, and in some cases reached 4000%. APR.[13]

In 2012, a Wonga employee used company equipment to make offensive personal attacks on Creasy.[14] Wonga made an "immediate and unreserved apology" after the attacks, and Creasy also requested that the firm promote a constituency event to help struggling families.[14] According to the Guardian, a Wonga computer was used to edit the company Wikipedia entry using several accounts.[14]

Twitter[edit]

At the end of July 2013 on her Twitter timeline, in common with the feminist journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, Creasy received numerous rape threats and other misogynistic messages.[15] The two women had first come into contact in connection with Criado-Perez's successful campaign for the Bank of England to feature a woman on the reverse of £10 bank notes.[4]

Creasy wrote in an article published on 27 July: "Twitter tell me we should simply block those who 'offend us', as though a rape threat is matter of bad manners, not criminal behaviour."[16] She also appeared on Newsnight on 30 July 2013 with Toby Young, the Conservative commentator, over the validity of addressing harassment on the social networking site.[17][18] Young objects to Twitter's subsequent change in policy, the company: "shouldn't change its abuse policy in response to being brow-beaten by a politician", he has written.[19] Peter Nunn has been charged with sending menacing messages, the case is pending. [20]

Outside interests[edit]

Creasy is a long-term fan of indie band The Wedding Present and wrote an essay to accompany the re-release of their album Seamonsters in 2012.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8737. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  2. ^ Twitter
  3. ^ Election 2010- Walthamstow BBC News
  4. ^ a b c d Esther Addley "Stella Creasy: the MP who 'won't back down'", The Guardian, 1 August 2013
  5. ^ thePeerage.com - Person Page 29998
  6. ^ a b Paul Owen "The 32-year-old ex-mayor who hopes to bring activists and party together", The Guardian, 3 August 2009
  7. ^ "Stella Creasy: Labour's rising star who's taking on Wonga". The Guardian. 2012-11-25. 
  8. ^ David Singleton "Many lobbyists win seats but some see majority decreased" PR Week, 11 May 2010
  9. ^ a b "Members Of Parliament in Walthamstow". 
  10. ^ "Stella Creasy - Biography". 
  11. ^ The New Progressives: Voices of Labour's Future Young Fabians
  12. ^ Creasy, Stella (February 3, 2011). "Legal loan sharks are circling the poor". The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "MP urges government crack-down on legal loan sharks". BBC. February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c Mark King (21 November 2012). "Wonga apologises to Stella Creasy over abusive Twitter messages". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Emily Dugan "Pressure grows on Twitter to act on rape threats after Labour MP Stella Creasy calls in police", The Independent, 29 July 2013
  16. ^ Stella Creasy "Twitter's inadequate action over rape threats is itself an abuse", The Guardian, 27 July 2013
  17. ^ "Stella Creasy Shames Toby Young For Breasts Tweet In Newsnight Twitter Debate", The Huffington Post, 31 July 2013. See Esler's tweet confirming it was on the 30 July edition.
  18. ^ "Newsnight debate: What should be done about Twitter trolls?", BBC News, 31 July 2013
  19. ^ Toby Young "Twitter abuse: Stella Creasy has overstepped the mark", telegraph.co.uk (blog), 31 July 2013
  20. ^ Twitter 'troll sent rape threats to MP Stella Creasy'
  21. ^ Adam Sherwin (22 November 2012). "Teenage heartbreak, The Wedding Present and Labour MP Stella Creasy". Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Neil Gerrard
Member of Parliament for Walthamstow
2010–present
Incumbent