- Tuesday 31st July - holding a walking surgery for residents. If you wish to join me to discuss your concerns please call 020 8521 1223 to book a place.
- Wednesday 1st August - taking part in the 'Remainiacs' podcasting recording to discuss the latest developments on Brexit.
- Thursday 2nd August - Hosting a Circular Firing Up Squad free women's leadership workshop. To RSVP details are below.
- Sunday 5th August - joining the Waltham Forest Mela at Chestnuts Field.
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
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Thursday, 26 July 2018
- Monday 23rd July - returning to parliament forthe final sitting days ahead of the summer recess.
- Tuesday 24th July - holding an away day with my staff to conduct staff training. Please note my office will be closed on this day as a result.
- Wednesday 25th July - hosting my MP expenses panel meeting for local residents. Please see below for how to participate.
- Friday 27th July - Hosting my first walking surgery. Please call the office on 020 8521 1223 to book your place to join.
- Saturday 28th July- joining the first ever Waltham Forest Pride in Walthamstow Town Centre between 12pm and 5pm. More details here
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Thursday, 19 July 2018
Walthamstow Labour Party’s End of Term Pub Quiz. Hosted by STELLA CREASY MP with expert quiz master NEIL GERRARD, on SUNDAY 22ND JULY 2018 at 8pm, AT THE CHEQUERS PUB, WALTHAMSTOW HIGH STREET
scan the code for details of our end of term quiz on facebook!
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Monday, 9 July 2018
- Monday 9th July - taking part in a Guardian live discussion with Jonathan Freedland and Owen Jones on President Trump's visit to talk about the www.toptrumptargets.uk campaign.
- Tuesday 10th July - serving on the Committee to scrutinise the Voyeurism Bill.
- Thursday 12th July - proposing legal changes to make misogyny an aggravating factor in the sentencing of upskirting.
- Friday 13th July - taking part in the Women's March London protest regarding President Trump's visit- you can find out more about this event here. Please note this a separate march to the one organised by Together Against Trump.
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Sunday, 1 July 2018
- Sunday 1st July - attending the Walthamstow East Branch Labour Party Picnic, Thuso Garden Party and the QBC Summer Party.
- Monday 2nd July - serving on a Committee to review the renewable obligations for generators and attending the London Labour Regional Board
- Tuesday 3rd July - supporting Walthamstow Village as they compete in the Village in Bloom competition and then holding a forum for online campaigning organisations in parliament.
- Thursday 5th July - speaking at the 'Graduate Fog' event on unpaid internships.
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Monday, 11 June 2018
- 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.
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Monday, 4 June 2018
- 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 ParliamentThe 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.
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Friday, 25 May 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.
- Towards a National Education Service
- The future of work
- A greener Britain
- Tackling health inequalities
- Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
- Protecting our communities and turning lives around
- Addressing in-work poverty and working-age inequalities
- Giving people the power to shape their local communities
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.
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Monday, 14 May 2018
- 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.
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