Monday, 11 June 2018

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

  • Monday 11th June - returning to parliament to question the Prime Minister following her visit to the G7 summit. 
  • Tuesday 12th June - taking part in the votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill in parliament. Please note if you wish to follow these votes, they may run late into the night. 
  • Wednesday 13th June- continuing to participate in the votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill and in between this hosting residents in Walthamstow to meet with Transport for London to discuss the problems caused by vibrations to their properties. 
  • Thursday 14th June - Joining Ayesha Hazarika on stage at the Red Imp Comedy Club in Walthamstow. Tickets for Sale online here.

E17 Big Brexit Weekender: The Results 

Thank you to all the Walthamstow residents who came to our workshop on the EU Withdrawal bill this weekend. This legislation returns to parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

In 90 minutes residents not only discussed Walthamstow's priorities for this bill but also took votes on whether to support, oppose or abstain on multiple amendments to this legislation. At the end of this discussion, the key priorities for those who attended were support for staying in the EEA/single market, the people's vote/second referendum and for no hard border in Northern Ireland. I will therefore seek to support these proposals if they come up for votes in parliament next week. You can see some photos of this event and the outcomes here. If you would like to receive updates on Brexit and the outcomes of these debates as well as information as to what is happening in parliament please sign up directly on my website.

Monday, 4 June 2018

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

  • Monday 4 June - attending parliament to raise the need for abortion law reform across the UK. 
  • Tuesday 5 June - leading a debate on abortion law reform for the UK. See below for details. 
  • Sunday 10th June - hosting the E17 Big Brexit Weekender in central Walthamstow. See below for details of how to join.


E17 Big Brexit Weekender: The EU Withdrawal Bill Returns to Parliament

The week beginning Monday 11th June will see the Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill return to the commons for consideration. The Lords have proposed amendments to this legislation in many different ways- including requiring the Government to negotiate continued membership of the European Economic Area, membership of the Customs Union, rights for refugees and the conditions under which we would leave the European Union.

With the Conservative Government so divided on this range of issues, the final shape of this legislation will be determined by how Labour MPs vote on whether to accept these amendments or not. Only if these amendments are accepted by the Commons will they become part of the legislation.

Ahead of this, on Sunday 10th June at 2pm I will be holding a 'Big Brexit Weekender' workshop for local residents to understand what is being proposed, what will happen in parliament and to give everyone an opportunity to feedback their views on these amendments to me ahead of these votes.

If you would like to join this event please email for further details and to register for your free place including your full name and address.

Friday, 25 May 2018

NPF - Labour's policy making programme 2018

The next stage of work for Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) is to advance the policy framework set out in our 2017 General Election Manifesto. Below are the eight consultation documents on key policy areas we want to hear your views on. Each consultation document contains some background and sets of questions for you to answer.
Responding - you can respond as an individual or party units [branches, clps] can submit a response. You do not need to answer every question, nor is there any specific way to answer them. If you would like an accessible version of the consultation documents please email us to discuss how to accommodate your requirements.

The Labour Party NPF web pages are here.

Monday, 14 May 2018

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

  • Monday 14th May - returning to parliament to support the debate on the Grenfell Tower. 
  • Tuesday 15th May - taking part in Foreign Office Questions to raise concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya. 
  • Wednesday 16th May - taking part in a statutory instrument debate on the Somerset boundary changes, then holding a debate on abortion access (see below for details) and then attending the Labour Campaign for the Single Market rally in parliament (see below for details). 
  • Thursday 17th May - attending the Walthamstow Labour Party General Committee meeting. 
  • Friday 18th May - holding a residents advice surgery- this is by appointment only. Call 020 8521 1223 for more details.

Fighting for Women's Right to Control their Own Bodies: Abortion Debate

Around the world, women's basic healthcare rights are under threat. Whether in Poland where the far right Government continues to seek to restrict access to abortion, the decision of President Trump to bring back the 'global gag' rule and cut funding for healthcare projects which help women access abortion, funding for anti-choice campaigns across Europe by the far right and Russian oligarchs or in the UK where protestors outside abortion clinics seek to harass women who do not wish to be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy. 

This week I pushed the UK Government about the hypocrisy in their decision to offer a free vote on extending same sex marriage rights to Northern Irish women and yet deny the same approach to helping these women access abortion services in their home country. The United Nations has described our treatment of Northern Irish women in this way as ’ cruel, inhumane, and degrading’. You can read the Minister's disgraceful response here- I have also secured an adjournment debate on abortion access around the world on Wednesday 16th May at 11.30am which is open to anyone to attend. 

Next week Ireland votes on the future of the eighth amendment to their constitution which, if repealed, will allow them to provide abortion services to women. Anyone who thinks they may be able to vote in the Irish referendum on Friday 25th May can check their eligibility here.

If you would like to help support this work to give women control over their own bodies please  email with abortion in the title.

Brexit, Labour and the Single Market- Rally in Parliament

The chaos caused by Brexit and the Government's approach to negotiating with the European Union continues to dominate parliament. This week the House of Lords voted to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to include the provision that remaining in the EEA (the European Economic Area) is part of the Government's negotiating approach. This amendment is designed to help keep the UK's membership of the single market part of these discussions. The Lords vote means that this issue will now return to the House of Commons for consideration- please note contrary to some of the coverage of this issue they cannot require an amendment to legislation, they can only require the Commons to think again. 

This is now the thirteenth defeat of the Government on this legislation - it is likely that the Government will try to delay this bill returning to the commons for consideration as a result as they try to convince Conservative MPs to oppose these proposals. Yet with the deadline for a deal to be done with the EU on Britain's future now fast approaching, it is vital for british jobs, businesses and consumers to have clarity about what is being discussed and what the law will be so that they can plan for it. Leaving the single market and the customs union will create an avalanche of paperwork and bureaucracy as well as tariffs and charges for British people - if the Government wishes to do this, it is crucial that residents know what these are to be able to address the impact they will have on their lives and livelihoods. 

As the Government has spent the last two years telling Europe what it doesn't want, and not setting out what it does, such clarity is impossible. It is time to stop the extreme backbenchers of the Tory Party from pushing a hard brexit on Britain and focus on what is in Britain's best interest. With the Government so divided on this issue, Labour will effectively determine the future relationship we have with Europe- and according to our constitution, Labour policy will be determined by its members.

I pledged to Walthamstow at the general election to fight for our membership of the customs union and the single market as vital components of any future relationship with Europe. I also support the People's Vote campaign to give residents of Walthamstow a vote on the final deal- this is not about rerunning the referendum of over two years ago, but allowing residents to have their say on the outcome of these negotiations. 

This coming week I will be joining the Labour Campaign for the Single Market at a rally in parliament to discuss these issues and the role of the Labour movement in standing up for Britain - this meeting on Wednesday 16th May at 7pm will be addressed by Neil Kinnock and you can sign up to join here. You do not have to be a Labour member to attend. If you would like to help campaign within the wider Labour movement on these issues you can also join the Labour Campaign for the Single Market (its free to do so) online here to help

Monday, 7 May 2018

The Local Election results in WF - ward by ward

This links to a spreadsheet of the ward results; each ward has its own tab.

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

  • Monday 7th May - Helping to judge the Lloyd Park Dog Show fancy dress round. This year's show has a royal wedding theme with this round being expected at about 4pm. 
  • Tuesday 8th May - returning to parliament to take part in Health questions and ask about nursing bursaries. 
  • Wednesday 9th May - taking part in Northern Ireland questions to ask about equality. 
  • Thursday 10th May - taking part in a seminar at the IPPR on gender pay to highlight the progress of campaign and then participating in a fundraiser for the Abortion Rights campaign and the Abortion Support Network. 
  • Friday 11th May - meeting with the Chief Executive of Waltham Forest Council and then helping unveil the new mural at Barncroft Primary School.

Monday, 16 April 2018

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

  • Monday 16th April - returning to parliament to participate in questioning the Prime Minister regarding her decision to participate in air strikes in Syria without parliamentary approval. See below for how residents can participate in this event. Please note due to these events I expect the parliamentary calendar to change. 
  • Wednesday 18th April - taking part in a debate on the role of the Council of Europe of which I am a member. 
  • Thursday 19th April - supporting Dame Tessa Jowell's debate on the treatment of cancer patients. 
  • Friday 20th April - teaching a citizenship lesson in Stoneydown School. 
  • Sunday 22nd April - heading to Strasbourg for the week for the Council of Europe.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Bulletin from Stella Creasy MP on UK response to Chemical Attacks in Syria

The UK Response to Chemical Attacks in Syria

Feedback Sought from Walthamstow Residents

April 15, 2018
Following the horrific use of chemical weapons by President Assad against civilians in Eastern Ghouta last weekend, there has been much speculation as to what action the world will take to challenge this latest breach of international human rights law. For seven years now, Syrians have been stuck between the brutality of the murderous death cult of ISIS and President Assad’s repeated use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs to repress those who oppose his dictatorship. This has led to seven million Syrians fleeing their homes as well as the deaths of half a million innocent people.  

Along with many other MPs I have repeatedly challenged the Government to work with international agencies including the UN to protect civilians and hold Assad – and his Iranian and Russian backers- accountable for these actions. Separately to this, in 2015 following parliamentary scrutiny of the proposed action I also supported extending air strikes by UK forces into Syria against ISIS which targeted their wealth in oil and training camps – each of the strikes undertaken by UK forces have been documented here and are responsible for substantially diminishing the capabilities of ISIS.

During this same time period the international community has not been able to agree how to tackle the behaviour of President Assad and so he has continued to act without consequence. These latest chemical weapon attacks and the horror and barbarism they represent highlight the impact of this on the people of Syria.

I want to be clear the above analysis does not justify or provide support for the action taken by the Prime Minister. It highlights the importance of securing democratic consent for UK involvement in military action, irrespective of the actions of the American or French Governments and for seeking a long term political solution to this crisis to secure peace and safety for all the Syrian people.  

Instead of recalling parliament on Friday 13th April ahead of any proposed action, the Prime Minister and Cabinet chose to involve UK military in air strikes in Syria unilaterally, using the prerogative of the executive to justify this decision. Consequently, as parliamentarians we have had no access to any details as to why those sites were targeted, how the Government believe this intervention in Syria will aid in securing long term peace and security for civilians or why the Prime Minister felt she did not need to secure democratic consent.  

This is in direct contrast to previous interventions- including the decision to extend air strikes in 2015 when we were able to debate this matter as evidence was presented to parliament, briefings were offered to MPs about the intentions behind a course of action and a clear process set out for holding Ministers accountable if civilian casualties were to occur.  

Whilst this action has now happened, many of you have raised with me differing questions and concerns. The Prime Minister has agreed to face parliament when it returns on Monday 16th April. As a backbench MP I will only be able to ask a single question in this session and so I have set up a short poll for Walthamstow residents to feedback on which of these questions they wish to see prioritised. Below I have also compiled a short round up of what we know so far as a background brief for Walthamstow residents. 

Please note to participate in this ballot you must be a resident of Walthamstow.  I will consult this poll ahead of any parliamentary debate on Monday and will keep this poll open until this debate begins.

UK Response to Chemical Weapon Attacks in Syria 2018 : Background Briefing 

The use of chemical weapons in Syria by President Assad has been well documented. On July 23, 2012 the Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jihad Makdissi confirmed Syria had chemical weapons and in 2013 there were a number of allegations of chemical attacks by Syrian Forces. In August 2013, the UN went on to investigate and concluded that chemical weapons were used on a “relatively large scale” and that the victims included civilians.

The Russian government put forward a plan agreed by the UN Security Council for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inspect and destroy Syrian chemical weapons. In 2014 all chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Regime were removed by the OPCW.

However, in 2015 the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism issued a report finding that the Syrian regime was responsible for a third attack using chlorine gas in Idlib province on March 16th, after the Syrian Government had claimed to have given up all their chemical weapons. On April 4th 2017 chemical weapons were used in an attack that killed dozens of people in Syria’s northern Idlib province. The attack is believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrian government, due to the type of aircraft in the area at the time.

On Saturday 7th April 2018 Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics reported 40 people were killed by a chemical attack on Douma, which was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region. The World Health Organisation state that upto 500 people sought treatment for the symptoms of being exposed to chemical weapons at their facilities in the region. 

At 2am on the morning of Saturday 14th April 2018, 100 missiles were launched by UK, American and French forces against three sites in Syria. These have been reported to be a scientific research centre in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and another storage site and command post nearby to Homs. This followed Russia blocking action at the UN Security Council to investigate these latest chemical attacks at the UN. Russia has argued that the chemical attacks were in fact ‘staged by the United Kingdom’. 

Ahead of this attack, both Russian and Syrian forces were warned of the likely targets to enable them to evacuate troops from these sites. Specifically, Russian state news agency TASS reported that none of the missiles fired by the three Western nations struck areas near its naval and air bases in Syria. Those bases come under the protection of Russian air defense units. In response, yesterday Russia sought to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council where it failed to secure support for a resolution condemning this action - Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favour of the draft resolution with the rest of the world community rejecting the resolution. 

The UK Ambassador Karen Pierce told the UN Security Council that Britain, France and the United States will pursue a diplomatic solution "so long as Syria halts its chemical weapons program and destroys its weapons stockpiles" among other conditions. The Government has also now published their legal case for this action. You can find this here. No other detail has been given by the Government of any alternative strategy for addressing these concerns, including the possible use of sanctions against Russia and Iran. For example, imposing sanctions on the Russian state banks – who have also been Assad’s bankers- could help force Russia to use its influence over Assad to engage with the United Nations in finding a political solution to the war in Syria.

The questions from which you can choose to pose to the Prime Minister are as follows: 
  1. If the Prime Minister believes there was a case for UK involvement in air strikes against President Assad's chemical weapons facilities, why did she not recall parliament on Friday 13th April to make this to the nation instead of making it behind closed doors to her cabinet?
  2. How does the Prime Minister believe taking part in air strikes in Syria against president Assad but not seeking a political settlement will do anything to actually end this conflict?
  3. What is the Prime Minister doing to hold Russia and Iran to account for supporting President Assad?
  4. Will the Prime Minister publish the intelligence on which the case against President Assad for these attacks is based?
  5. Can the Prime Minister pledge that she will not take any further military action without consulting parliament?
  6. Given she states she recognises the horror they face, why is the Prime Minister refusing to help Syrian refugees stuck in Europe?
  7. Will the Government push for sanctions against Russian State bankers VTB until the Russians use their influence on President Assad to prevent further civilian casualties?

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Monday, 2 April 2018

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

  • Monday 2nd April - launching the paymetoo campaign. See below for details. 
  • Tuesday 3rd April - Supporting the Visit a Muslim events in Walthamstow. See below for how you can join.


from the 'working for walthamstow' newsletter:

Paymetoo Campaign - Please Share

By Wednesday 4th April all companies and organisations with more than 250 employees have to publish the details of their gender pay gap. You can find details here of all data published to date. 

Already these figures show wide variations in what men and women earn so we have set up the '' website to help ensure women know their rights to talk about these issues at work as well offering advice for what to do next including working with trade unions and women's networks.

There is also an anonymous survey for women to report their experiences of raises these issues in their workplace. The information we gather as a result of this site and the survey it contains will then inform the work we do on this issue in parliament. 

With women also already reporting that they are being told not to ask difficult questions about this for fear of affecting their careers I want to be clear trying to silence employees isn't the right response; employers who have a gender pay gap should expect to be challenged to address it and held to account if they try to stop staff speaking up, whether by trade unions, women's networks or parliament. Every woman has her own story of experiencing pay discrimination in their careers including me - now they need to know they have MPs ready to listen to them and act if this gap isn't closed. 

I would be grateful for the assistance of all Walthamstow residents - male and female- in sharing this website widely and the information it contains on this issue.

Visit a Muslim Day: 3 April

No resident of this borough should ever feel afraid to practice their faith, or that their faith is something to be hidden and each of us want to live in a borough where residents respect and celebrate our diversity. Those who do not do so, and who seek to intimidate and harass others on this basis have no place here and I will always seek to challenge such behaviour.

Following the 'punish a muslim' letters were sent to residents in Walthamstow, local mosques have organised open days at their buildings for residents who wish to show them solidarity and support in opposition to this vile and islamophobic attack. I hope residents will join me at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd April at Faizan-e-Islam in Wood Street and at 6pm on Tuesday 3 April at the Lea Bridge Road Mosque to support our local muslim community and their right to leave without fear.

Monday, 19 March 2018

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

  • Monday 19th March - meeting with campaigners
    to discuss tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, before meeting with members of the Council of Europe and hoping to be present for the Westminster Hall debate on Cystic Fibrosis. 
  • Wednesday 21st March - hosting the Come Dine With MP dinner with Harriet Harman- you can buy your ballot ticket here
  • Thursday 22nd March - speaking at Inclusion Conference organised by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu. 
  • Friday 23rd March - attending the re-opening of the Paint Place at the Forest Recycling Project. 
  • Saturday 24th March - attending the Walthamstow Labour Campaign Day and then joining Tower Hamlets Labour to campaign in their borough.  
  • Sunday 25th March- attending the Waltham Forest Mayor's Charity Curry Night.