Stella Creasy

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Stella Creasy
MP
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Dr Stella Creasy MP
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, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Relations www.burkespeerage.com
Children 1
Residence London
Alma mater Cambridge University and LSE
Occupation Politician
Profession Academic and lobbyist
Religion Christian (Anglicanism)
Website workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

Dr Stella Judith Creasy MP[1] (born 5 April 1977, West Midlands)[2] is a British Labour Co-operative politician and serving Member of Parliament for the Greater London constituency of Walthamstow since 2010.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born at Sutton Coldfield, she is the daughter of Cambridge graduates Philip Creasy and Corinna (née Martin), both active Labour Party members; her father is a trained opera singer and her mother a teacher.[4] Creasy has aristocratic family connections on her mother's side, including the Howards, Earls of Carlisle (through whom she is related to Polly Toynbee), the Cayzer family and the present (9th) Viscount Gort, her fourth cousin.[5][6]

After spending her early childhood in Manchester, the family moved to Colchester where Creasy attended Colchester County High School for Girls, a grammar school.[4] Although she had initially failed the Eleven-plus, her family's move south gave her a second chance,[4] which enabled Creasy to go up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she read Social and Political Sciences, graduating as MA and before pursuing postgraduate studies at LSE.

In 2006, having already started work as a parliamentary researcher, she completed her thesis entitled Understanding the lifeworld of social exclusion, receiving a PhD degree from the University of London in Social Psychology.[7] Dr Creasy also received the Richard Titmuss Award for her academic psychology papers.

Early political career[edit]

Creasy worked as a lobbyist and PR consultant, becoming head of Public Affairs at the Scout Association.[8]

She was elected as a Waltham Forest Councillor, becoming Deputy Mayor and, prior to her election to the House of Commons, served as the borough's Mayor for four months.[9]

She is also a former deputy director of the think tank Involve, and worked as a researcher and speech writer for various ministers in the Labour government, notably Douglas Alexander, Charles Clarke and Ross Cranston.[9][10]

Creasy was also a member of the Young Fabians and served on its executive. In 2009 she co-wrote, with Rachel Reeves, a pamphlet for the Young Fabians called The New Progressives.[11]

In Parliament[edit]

Creasy was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Walthamstow, being elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election as the successor to the previous Labour MP, Neil Gerrard, who was stepping down from Parliament.[6]

She is a member of Ed Miliband's Opposition frontbench, serving as Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention.[12]

Payday loans[edit]

Creasy has been a leading protagonist in campaigning for better regulation of payday loans companies.[13] In an article in The Guardian, she stated that just six companies controlled lending to 90% of the seven million Britons without a bank account or credit card. Her disclosure that the average cost of credit charged to these customers was 272% APR, as in the rest of Europe, and that there was a fourfold increase in payday loans since the start of the recession in 2008 led to cross-party parliamentary support for a cap. Creasy also highlighted in a speech to the Commons the lack of competition in the market, leading to Government support for a cap of loans which exploit the poor, which in some cases reached 4000%. APR.[14]

In 2012, a Wonga employee used company equipment to make offensive personal attacks against Dr Creasy.[15] Wonga made an "immediate and unreserved apology" following these malicious attacks, and Creasy also managed to get the firm to promote one of her constituency events in aid of struggling families.[15] According to The Guardian, a Wonga computer was used to edit the company Wikipedia entry using several accounts.[15]

Twitter[edit]

At the end of July 2013 on her Twitter timeline, as with the feminist journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, Creasy received numerous rape threats and other misogynistic messages;[16] this brought the two women together, Criado-Perez having successfully lobbied 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."[17] 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.[18][19] Young has objected to Twitter's subsequent change in policy, writing that the company: "shouldn't change its abuse policy in response to being brow-beaten by a politician".[20] On 2 September 2014 at the City of London Magistrates Court, Peter Nunn was found guilty of sending menacing messages and awaits sentencing.[21]

Outside interests[edit]

Creasy has long been a fan of indie band The Wedding Present and wrote an essay to accompany the re-release of their album Seamonsters in 2012.[22]

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. ^ www.debretts.com
  13. ^ Creasy, Stella (February 3, 2011). "Legal loan sharks are circling the poor". The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "MP urges government crack-down on legal loan sharks". BBC. February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c Mark King (21 November 2012). "Wonga apologises to Stella Creasy over abusive Twitter messages". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Emily Dugan "Pressure grows on Twitter to act on rape threats after Labour MP Stella Creasy calls in police", The Independent, 29 July 2013
  17. ^ Stella Creasy "Twitter's inadequate action over rape threats is itself an abuse", The Guardian, 27 July 2013
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Newsnight debate: What should be done about Twitter trolls?", BBC News, 31 July 2013
  20. ^ Toby Young "Twitter abuse: Stella Creasy has overstepped the mark", telegraph.co.uk (blog), 31 July 2013
  21. ^ Twitter 'troll sent rape threats to MP Stella Creasy'
  22. ^ 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