|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Neil Gerrard|
|Born||Stella Judith Creasy
1 January 1977
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||Magdalene College, Cambridge
London School of Economics
Early life and career
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. She has aristocratic relations, q.v. Gort, Rotherwick, etc 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.
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. 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.
Early political career
She is a former Waltham Forest councillor, having served as deputy mayor, chief whip and as mayor for four months. 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 which also featured articles by Rachel Reeves.
As an MP
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. Ed Miliband appointed her Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention.
Creasy has been active in campaigning for increased regulation of payday loans companies. 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.
In 2012, a Wonga employee used company equipment to make offensive personal attacks on Creasy. 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. According to the Guardian, a Wonga computer was used to edit the company Wikipedia entry using several accounts.
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. 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.
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." 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. 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.
- The London Gazette: . 13 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- WPR - Stella Creasy MP
- Election 2010- Walthamstow BBC News
- Esther Addley "Stella Creasy: the MP who 'won't back down'", The Guardian, 1 August 2013
- thePeerage.com - Person Page 29998
- Paul Owen "The 32-year-old ex-mayor who hopes to bring activists and party together", The Guardian, 3 August 2009
- "Stella Creasy: Labour's rising star who's taking on Wonga". The Guardian. 2012-11-25.
- David Singleton "Many lobbyists win seats but some see majority decreased" PR Week, 11 May 2010
- "Members Of Parliament in Walthamstow".
- "Stella Creasy - Biography".
- The New Progressives: Voices of Labour's Future Young Fabians
- Creasy, Stella (February 3, 2011). "Legal loan sharks are circling the poor". The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "MP urges government crack-down on legal loan sharks". BBC. February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- Mark King (21 November 2012). "Wonga apologises to Stella Creasy over abusive Twitter messages". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Emily Dugan "Pressure grows on Twitter to act on rape threats after Labour MP Stella Creasy calls in police", The Independent, 29 July 2013
- Stella Creasy "Twitter's inadequate action over rape threats is itself an abuse", The Guardian, 27 July 2013
- "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.
- "Newsnight debate: What should be done about Twitter trolls?", BBC News, 31 July 2013
- Toby Young "Twitter abuse: Stella Creasy has overstepped the mark", telegraph.co.uk (blog), 31 July 2013
- Adam Sherwin (22 November 2012). "Teenage heartbreak, The Wedding Present and Labour MP Stella Creasy". Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- Official website
- Stella Creasy on Twitter
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Walthamstow