Monday, 8 July 2019

Stella Creasy will stand for reselection as Labour Parliamentary Candidate

Stella Creasy, Walthamstow's current MP, has confirmed she will stand again to be reselected by the local party to be Labour's Parliamentary Candidate at the next General Election, whenever that may be.

The Labour Party recently announced it would start the process of reselection across all Labour held seats in the prospect of a possible early election this autumn, following the election of the new Tory leader, and expected Prime Minister (short of a major constitutional surprise).

To support Stella’s reselection: email

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Working for Walthamstow Sunday 2nd June 2019

Working for Walthamstow Sunday 2nd June 2019: E17 Art Trail Now Live, Top Trump Targets Returns, Lloyd Park Silent Disco Fitness Class, Teaching ESOL, E17 Carefree Kids, E17 Village In Bloom Judging Day, Eid Muhbarak for this Week!

This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow. 

You can also follow me on twitter via @stellacreasy or on facebook for regular updates too. 

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Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......

Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved....

Chand Raat Bazar- Monday 3 June 
EMR are proud to present Walthamstow’s first ever Chand Raat Bazar at the Pavilion at 324 Hoe St on Monday 3 June from 6pm-11pm. This will feature local businesses and opportunities for local craft workers to sell their wares as part of an evening full of fun and countless food choices and many more activities for kids. 30 plus people will be displaying their stalls of different kind of food, Asian clothes, jewellery, henna and many more. Entry is totally free for all people.

Red Imp Previews with John Robbins & Michael Legge, Monday 3 June
Red Imp, our local comedy club, is back with more shows on Monday 3rd June at 8.30pm. The show features John Robbins - Hot Shame, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, digital DJ, vibe-magnet, yells into a well and Michael Legge- The Idiot, the angriest man in UK comedy. Taking place at the Rose and Crown Theatre Bar on Hoe Street, you can book you ticket here.

Zero Waste Pattern Cutting Workshop, Thursday 6 June
Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting is a fun and exciting method of creative pattern cutting, working together with material to eliminate waste. This is an event designed to help reduce clothing waste and will take place on Thursday 6th June at the Forest Recycling Project on Bakers Avenue at 6.30pm. For more information and to book a space, click here.

Free Therapeutic Weaving Workshops - Friday 7 June
These workshops are for people with memory impairment and their family or friends and will be taking place at 1 Hoe Street on Friday 7th June between 11am to 12.30pm. Run by local award winning weaver Rezia Wahid and experienced art therapist Sarah Barbee, participants will weave into frames prepared by Rezia, on their own or in pairs. The technique is adaptable to every individual. The workshops are relaxing and a way of trying something new together in a friendly and supportive group in a new creative centre. Refreshments included. Booking essential, call Sarah on 07929 024948 or email.

Blackhorse Road Street Party - Saturday 8 June
There will be a Blackhorse Road Street Party on the corner of Blackhorse Lane and Clifton Avenue outside Armstrong Audio on Saturday 8th June between 12-6pm. All welcome to attend and there will be food, music and drink. Full details here.

AHEAD Sponsored Charity Bike Ride and Walk-  Saturday 8 June
AHEAD is a local charity initiating and supporting projects aimed at combating poverty and inequalities in health, education and development in Ethiopia. The charity also addresses needs of disadvantaged members of society in London through advice, guidance and training. Each year, they organise an annual sponsored charity bike ride and walk event. At the moment AHEAD are focusing on equipping a hostel they built for orphan girls and seeking to save up to build a second hostel. You can join AHEAD’s sponsored charity bike ride or walk starting which starts from Elmfield Road at 9.30am on Saturday 8th June. If you cannot join, you can still sponsor them and make donation. More details are available on the AHEAD website.

E17 Designers Summer Weekend @ The E17 Art Trail, Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June
One weekend, two dates, fifty makes, artists and designers! On day one Saturday 8th June between 10am to 5pm at One Hoe Street there will be an E17 Designers’ Maker Market, with creative makers with jewelry, clothing, ceramics, cards and Suzie Cakes. On day two Sunday 9th June between 11am to 5pm there will be a Book-ish Ark Market with illustrators and book-art, magazines and fanzines, handmade books, poetry books and pamphlets, fine art prints and posters, stationery and more! Both Saturday and Sunday Campbell Creative are hosting a flipbook workshop with sequence stamps for even young children. £5 per book with about 25-30 pages. Try out making a bird fly, a robot dance, and personalise with their names at the end. Sunday Paper-making drop in workshop from 11am to 1pm with Porters Paper. For more information, click here.

Gaybourhood East Pride Family Event-  Sunday 23 June
Put on your dancing shoes for Gaybourhood East’s first LGBTIQA+ Pride family focussed event on Sunday 23rd June featuring live music, 70s disco tunes, superhero craft activities and a no-holds-barred dance-off! Early bird tickets available online for £5. Tickets on the door are £7. Taking place at Centre17 at 1 Church Hill from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. More details and tickets can be found here.

Family Fun Day -  Saturday 29 June
Watermark Resident's Association are hosting a free family fun day in Mill Gardens, 26 Sutherland Road (5 minutes from Blackhorse Road Station), from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 29th June. Featuring activities and games for children and young people (of all ages), information and taster sessions for the adults, and fun, entertainment and stalls for everyone. This event is for the community, from the community and all are welcome to join!

Holy Family Summer Fair- Saturday 29 June
The Friends of Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form are holding an afternoon of family fun at their Summer Fair on Saturday 29th June between 12pm to 4pm. Come and join them for games, food stalls, bouncy castle, driving school, homemade cakes & refreshments, football shootouts and Holy Family's Got Talent! A limited amount of outdoor selling tables will be available (in advance only) at a cost of £10.00 to book a table email for a booking form or phone the school on 0208 520 0482. Entrance fee: 50p Adults, 20p children/concessions Taking place at Holy Family School at 1 Shernhall Street.

Leytonstone Arts Trail- 6-7 July and 13-14 July
Wanstead Quakers and Friends present 'Lasting Impressions', an exhibition of art at the Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road in Leytonstone on July 6th and 7th and 13th and 14th Julybetween 1-5pm. There will be Poetry Reading on both Sundays from 2 - 4pm. There is a Labyrinth in the garden.

Where to find me this coming week....

Tuesday 4th June - returning to parliament to take part in a summit with the Home Office on violent crime and speaking at a Brexit conference on the role of citizen assemblies.
Thursday 6th June -  taking part in the This Week Programme.
Saturday 8th June - visiting the E17 Art Trail and attending the Blackhorse Lane Street Party.

The E17 Art Trail is Now Live - Make Sure You Enjoy The Wonders of Walthamstow!

The E17 Art Trail is now live - this extraordinary locally led arts festival has been running in our local area for fifteen years now. Started off by local residents, it celebrates a wide range of artistic mediums and activities and now draws crowds from across the world. This year there are 205 venues taking part and an estimated 8,500 residents involved in exhibiting in some format.

The Art Trail now runs for two weeks until Sunday 16th June with events, exhibitions, installations and activities throughout - from first time shows in people's front rooms to designer fairs at One Hoe Street to the installation of Artemisia by the National Gallery in Wood Street Library, there is something for every palette! The theme this year is 'Wonder' - the spark of creative energy and curiousity that energises artists and scientists alike. You can find the full listing of all connected events and shows on their website here. You can also pick up a paper copy of the guide from local libraries and One Hoe Street.

Thank you to the WF Borough of Culture for supporting this project this year, and to Laura, Morag, Penny, Neesha and team who work incredibly hard all year round to make the Art Trail a reality.

Resisting Donald Trump Through Solidarity and Action: 
Top Trump Targets Campaign and People's Banquet

Donald Trump is due to return to the UK in the coming week - bringing attention to his divisive rhetoric and support for extremist political debate in our country. With the rise of the far right across Europe, it is even more important to challenge his attempts to influence British politics and to show solidarity for those his politics seeks to demean. That's why we're repeating the TopTrumpTargets campaign- encouraging donations to those organisations working with the people Trump targets with his bile as a form of resistance to show whose side Britain is on. You can find the full list here. There will also be a People's Banquet on Monday 3rd June in Parliament Square at 7pm organised by the Women's Peace Council to coincide with the State Banquet Trump is attending as a form of peaceful protest. You can find details of how to join in here.

New Lloyd Park Silent Disco Fitness Classes
A new silent disco fitness class is starting in Lloyd Park which will use Drum & Bass/Jungle music to get residents moving every Wednesday at 11am. Dance, workout, have fun and stretch at this totally unique mixed ability, achievable, fun and challenging fitness experience. You will be given a clip on mini receiver, into which you can plug your own headphones (aux cables style NOT bluetooth or i-phone). Alternatively the instructor can lend you some cheaper ear bud style headphones. The session is around 75 mins and afterwards attendees head to the cafe for a cuppa or some food. Sessions cost £12 and click here for more information.

The deadline for applying is Wednesday 29th May and I would encourage anyone thinking of applying to read the job description closely. Full details and how to apply here.

Could You Help Teach English? Timebank Volunteer Request
Timebank have been in touch to say they are looking for local volunteers to help teach basic ESOL (English as a second language) at community venues in London, including in Waltham Forest. Training to be able to do this will take place this summer with classes starting in September. For more information, click here.

Carefree Kids- Could You Help Them Help Local Children?
On Sunday 19 May supporters of Carefree Kids, a small mental health children’s charity based in Walthamstow, ran the Hackney Half Marathon. They shared why runners chose to run for them on Facebook, and are asking for local residents to take a look at these stories to see if they would be willing to sponsor their team of unicorns in retrospect. You will be able to do so until the end of June and the money raised will make a big difference in supporting vulnerable children in Waltham Forest.

Walthamstow Village in Bloom Judging Day Announced - Tuesday 25th June
This year, yet again Walthamstow Village is competing in the hotly contested London Village in Bloom competition. Thank you to all the volunteer teams who have been out working on the gardens and pathways in the judging area every weekend for months - the London in Bloom judging day is set for Tuesday 25 June, so please support Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association in their attempt to win by ensuring your front gardens and displays are ready to wow the 2019 judges on this date.

Eid-ul-fitr Greetings to all Walthamstow
As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this week, I would like to send to all Walthamstow residents who have observed this time and who will shortly be celebrating Eid Muhbarak. May this special time bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

How does the voting system work in the elections for the European Parliament

It's official - on Thursday 23 May we go to the polls to elect our members of the European Parliament. However unlike elections to the Westminster Parliament these are run on a Proportional Representation (PR) system, which gives a chance for smaller parties to get candidates elected. 

The 'first past the post' system used at Westminster is very easy to understand, but means that nearly all the successful candidates come from one of the two main parties. One of the drawbacks of the PR system is that it can be very difficult to understand. You can find an explanation of it here. It's by Richard Corbett MEP, who is the Labour Leader in the European Parliament.

For the London Region the Labour Party candidates are:
Claude Moraes
Seb Dance
Katy Clark
Laura Parker
Murad Qureshi
Taranjit Chana
James Beckles
Sanchia Alasia

The list order has been decided by the NEC and is in order of priority to be elected. If for example enough votes were cast in London for the Labour Party to qualify for 3 MEPs, then they would be: Claude Moraes, Seb Dance, and Katy Clark.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Working for Walthamstow Thursday 4th April 2019 - from Stella Creasy MP

Brexit Update- Its Still Not Sorted.., Local Group Meeting Space, Tackling Islamophobia, Supporting RSE for All E17 Schools, StowSteppers- is Your Ward Winning?, Climate Change Community Workshop Plan, Bus Station Seats Update

This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow. 

Please note, due to the level of correspondence I have had on Brexit, if you have contacted me about this you may also have received this email given the information it contains. This is the most effective way for me to update residents on what is happening and does not mean you have been added to my e-newsletter subscriber list. 

You can also follow me on twitter via @stellacreasy or on facebook for regular updates too.

Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......

E17 Designers’ Easter Popup with E17 Village Market- Saturday 6 April

The E17 Designers Market returns to the heart of Walthamstow village, partnering with E17 Village Market on Saturday 6th April between 10.30 to 3.30pm. There will be artists, makers, tea and cake inside and street food outside including The Greek Café, Walthamstow Dogs, Dear Prudence crepes, Wood Street Coffee and much more. Suzie Cakes will be in the Kitchen selling tea and cakes. Campbell Creative Workshop Easter card making workshop for all ages. Taking place at Waltham Forest Community Hub on Orford Road. For more information, click here.

Red Imp Comedy Club - Thursday 11 April 

This local comedy club at the Rose and Crown Theatre Pub on Hoe Street will feature Jo Caulfield, star of Live @ Apollo, Have I Got News, Mock the Week and Tom Ward fresh from Joe Lycett's tour as support on Thursday 11th April at 8.30pm. Click here for more information and to book. 

The Great Hall Wedding Fair - Sunday 28 April

There will be a Wedding Fair which seeks to raise money to fund weddings for terminally ill couples on Sunday 28th April from 11-4pm at 1a Adelaide Road in Leyton. Make their day special while planning your own. Register to receive a free goody bag, first 50 guests receive a glass of prosecco. Click here for tickets

Songwriter’s Circle Songwriting Course - Monday 29th April 

Mondays during the summer term starting Monday 29th April between 4.30pm -5.30pm at Waltham Forest Music School at Walthamstow School for Girls. Intended for singers, keyboardists and guitarists aged 11-16, there is a special offer of £15 for 10 weeks (£7.50 for families on a low income, proof required). This is a 50% discount on usual Music School fees. During this course students will develop their creativity, learn new ways to generate ideas, write memorable lyrics and melodies, and understand chord sequences and song structure. Click here for more information and to book.

Beats and Bass Music Production Course- Tuesday 30th April 

On Tuesdays during the summer term starting Tuesday 30th April between 4.30-5.30pm at Waltham Forest Music School at Walthamstow School for Girls there will be a beats and bass music production course. For students aged between 11-16, there is a special offer of £15 for 10 weeks (£7.50 for families on a low income, proof required). This is a 50% discount on usual Music School fees. On this course, students will learn to produce Grime, Hip hop, House and Afrobeat. In partnership with Charanga VIP music production software, students will receive a log-in to for this cloud-based software to continue working on their productions at home. Students' work will be showcased at a listening/sharing event for students/parents and guests in July. Click here for more information and to book.

Human Library, Saturday 18 May

A Human Library is where people become books. During this event, visitors to the library will sit down with living ‘books’ for intimate and challenging conversations on Saturday 18th May between 10am to 12pm. This event is taking place in Walthamstow Library. 

Where to find me this coming week.... 

Monday 8th April - Friday 12th April- expecting to be in Westminster for Brexit debates and votes. 
Saturday 13th April - heading to Nottingham to help campaign in the local elections. 

Walthamstow Takes on Climate Change: Can You Help ?

Tackling climate change is one of many issues- along with knife crime, housing, rising personal debt and poor health outcomes- that are not receiving the urgent attention deserved due to Brexit dominating parliamentary time. Whilst debates in Parliament hold the Government to account for their action to address climate change, I'm determined not to let the lack of them prevent Walthamstow taking action too. Therefore- subject to the Parliamentary commitments - I am hoping we can hold a public workshop to identify actions we can take in our local community to reduce our carbon footprint and help residents make choices to improve the sustainbility of our use of resources. 

As part of this project, I am seeking local residents who may be willing to work with my office in organising and developing this event. If this sounds of interest to you please do reply to this email. 

StowSteppers Continues: Are You In A Winning Ward? 

I'm delighted to announce that our Stowsteppers project has now received funding from Waltham Forest Council to enable it to continue for another six months for free for Walthamstow residents. 

This competition now has nearly 400 local residents using an online app to measure how many steps they take each day and competing individually or as teams to see if they can increase their physical activity. This is a great way of getting motivation to do more exercise benefit from improved health as a result- its also an opportunity for residents to see if you can do more steps than me! 

Currently there are three competitions you can join- one to see if you can take 10,000 steps for at least half of April, one to see who can do the most steps each day and a team one where residents are competing in groups based on their wards. So far Markhouse and William Morris ward are winning the daily competition at the start of April.

This project is free for any Walthamstow resident to join- simply download the Movespring App from either the Apple Store or Google Play to use a step counter on your phone, or you can set up an account online here and enter your steps manually. Please use the code 'STOWSTEPPERS' to join the Walthamstow league.

Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved....

Brexit: Its Still Going On .....European Summit Looming....and why I will fight for you to have your say on ANY Brexit deal...

The Brexit crisis continues on - now that the Prime Ministers deal has been rejected three times by MPs, there is just a week to go until the UK crashes out of the European Union unless the Prime Minister is able to secure an extension to the Article 50 process. This is the legal timetable by which the UK leaves Europe and which sets in law this date. There will be a European Council meeting of all the European leaders to discuss how best to respond to the UK on Wednesday 10th April. 

Yesterday Parliament debated emergency legislation to prevent a 'no deal' brexit- This legislation compels the Prime Minister, who has so far ignored parliamentary motions to prevent no deal, to seek an extension in Article 50 for the purposes of avoiding a 'no deal' brexit. I strongly supported this proposal and it passed through the House of Commons by one vote - it is now with the House of Lords where it has to be agreed for it to become law. If the Lords seek to make changes to this legislation or to delay agreeing it, it will return to the House of Commons for consideration and so be delayed in implementation. 

Simultaneously to the debates and votes in parliament which are yet to reach a conclusion about an alternative approach to Brexit, the Prime Minister has now agreed to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss if a compromise on her plans for Brexit can be agreed between the Government and Opposition parties. 

I welcome this recognition by the Prime Minister that her approach to Brexit has been divisive, and I will continue to be an unflinching advocate that any proposal for Brexit - including anything put forward by the Labour Party- to be put to the public for agreement or rejection through a confirmatory ballot.

The distance between what was discussed in the referendum in 2016, the proposals now in front of the UK and the lack of concrete evidence as to what the UK actually thinks of any of this means it is critical to get 'buy-in' from the public as to what is agreed- or to give them the right to reject this and now decide to remain in the EU if it is not what they wanted.

I am also supporting calls for Parliament to consider revoking Article 50 if the European Union refuses to give an extension to the Article 50 process at the European Summit. 

At present, it is not possible to predict when the next round of decision making in parliament will be on Brexit- it may be that early next week the Prime Minister brings forward another attempt to secure parliamentary support for her deal, that she offers a new deal in partnership with Jeremy Corbyn for parliamentary approval or that there are more 'indicative votes' ballots for MPs to put forward a range of proposals. With the European Council looming, it is vital Parliament express a view to help shape the discussions with the European Leaders before it meets. I will therefore no longer be attending the Council of Europe Meeting in Strasbourg next week as previously proposed, so that I can participate in these votes- with the no deal prevention bill only passing by one vote it is clear how close these ballots are and how every vote counts. 

Throughout this process, to help explain what is going on and what is happening in Parliament on Brexit I will continue to produce daily video updates which are on my facebook profile. This is the most efficient way for me to update residents on this continuing chaos and what it means for our community and our country. The page to follow is here

Meeting Space for Community Groups in local NHS buildings 

The NHS have been in touch to let community and voluntary groups know that they can use their offices for local meetings and events. In Walthamstow there are two buildings which are potentially for community use which are as follows: 

Forest Road Medical Centre -354 – 258 Forest Road 
1 x large 15-20 person room – table, chairs 
2 x 2/3 people rooms with desk/chairs 
Hurst Road Centre - 36a Hurst Road 
1 x large 15-20 person room – table, chairs 

If this is of interest to you and your group please do email to book and for more information including the conditions of use. 

Tackling Islamophobia and Ensuring All in Walthamstow can Worship in Safety 

Making Walthamstow a place where everyone feels safe and free to live their lives is a key priority for me. That is why I have been working with a range of community groups and organisations to help reform hate crime law to make sure it is fit for the 21st Century. I am committed to tackling the growing presence of anti semitism and islamophobia in our community as well as our country. 

The rise of the far right around the world has been a growing concern, and in particular the impact of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that many preach further inflames community tension and has been quoted by those who commit these horrendous acts. Following the attack on two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, I called on Government ministers to recognise that there are some who seek to promote hatred and intimidate minorities who therefore have no place in a modern democracy. I urged him to send a strong message that they would not be welcome to bring their hatred to our country - you can read my question or watch the video here of our exchange. 

Sadly, on Thursday 21 March, an islamophobic message was written on a wall of a house in Walthamstow. As soon as this was reported, I worked with the Council and the Police to get this removed. Anyone with information as to who is responsible for this criminal act is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3939/21MAR or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Hate Crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, or directly at a police station. 

Finally, I have joined with many other MPs to ask the Home Secretary to release the funding needed to provide security at Mosques to ensure, especially in the run up to Ramadan, residents can worship in peace rather than being frightened. You can read the full letter here. 

Tackling Hatred and Teaching Respect: Join the Campaign to Support RSE in Schools in Walthamstow ! 

Teaching children to reject hatred and division is crucial to creating a more tolerant future. Last week parliament finally passed the legislation to ensure that relationship and sex education in provided in all schools. I have had a large volume of correspondence on this issue, and I am aware a number of misconceptions about this curriculum are being circulated in our local area. So too, many local parents and carers have stressed to me their support for this, and for this curriculum to be inclusive of LGBT relationships. 

I am proud to support this policy, as part of safeguarding all children and ensuring that we teach our young people to be tolerant and respectful of all families in our area. I understand some local residents have concerns so I am happy to provide anyone interested with the accurate details of what will be taught in each age group, and when and how parents are able to remove their children from parts of these lessons if they feel that is appropriate. Parents continue to be at the heart of teaching their children to treat others with respect, and I recognise without this on the curriculum too many young people will learn about sex and relationships in the playground from their peers or from the internet. As a child of the Section 28 generation, I spoke in parliament about the importance of this proposal- you can read the details of my comments here. 

If you would like to know more, or to support the work we are doing to ensure all schools in Walthamstow feel supported to teach our local children to respect each other, not to hate or bully those who may be from different backgrounds, please do get in touch. 

Walthamstow Bus Station: Can You Sit Down?

Walthamstow Bus Station now finally has new seating- but some local residents have been in touch to complain that it is not comfortable or accessible for older residents. I have raised this with Transport for London who have stated: 

"We had limited options when determining which seats to install here. We needed to replace the seats without carrying out extensive drilling, or having to adapt the paving around the seats. This design also makes it easier to clean and maintain, and helps deter antisocial behaviour."

If you are struggling to use the seating at the Station please do get in touch so we can ensure TFL are aware of the concerns of local residents.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Resolution originating in Walthamstow on treating misogyny as a hate crime

At London Labour Regional Conference today the following was resolved unanimously, following its proposal by Walthamstow Labour Party as a motion to the conference:

Conference Notes:
  1. A 2016 YouGov survey found that 52% of 18-24 year old women had experienced sexual harassment in the last five years and 92% never reported the incident.
  2. Office of National Statistics data from 2018 shows women are five times more likely than men to have experienced some type of sexual assault, including unwanted touching or indecent exposure, in the previous 12 months.
  3. The positive outcomes achieved for women when Nottinghamshire police started in 2016 recording crimes motivated by misogyny as a hate crime, including improving the way in which the police tackled all forms of violence and harassment of women.
  4. The importance of recognising the intersectional nature of abuse and harassment women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds experience on our streets and the lack of consistency currently in how protected characteristics such as race, religion, sex and sexuality are treated within the criminal justice system.
  5. Recording these incidents of harassment and assault as misogyny-based crime will provide a vital evidence base to empower police to respond to the experiences of Women.
Conference therefore Resolves:
  1. To call for London Metropolitan Police to follow the approach of Nottinghamshire police and record crimes involving misogynistic intent as a hate crime.
  2. To call for the Labour Party to support the inclusion of misogyny in hate crime legislation

Working For Walthamstow newsletter from Stella Creasy MP

Working for Walthamstow Saturday 2nd March 2019: Brexit Update, Tackling Antisemitism, Walthamstow Central Lift Update, Walthamstow Stories Project, Period Poverty Project, NLWP Consultation, Concrete Phone Boxes, Kashmir Human Rights, RSE Education Debate, E17 Youth Chill Zone
This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow.
You can also follow me on twitter via @stellacreasy or on facebook for regular updates too.
Please note you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of this page. You can find my full statement on how I use data here.  

Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......
Noor Ul Islam Visit My Mosque - Sunday 3 March
Noor Ul Islam invites you to their "Tea & Tour" event at their new mosque and community centre site at 711 - 723 Leyton High Road on Sunday 3rd March between 12-3pm.  They hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the Mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. Please note the entrance is via Skeltons Lane.
Mosque Open Day - Sunday 3rd March
His Eminence Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani and the congregation of Faizan-e-Islam Centre of Excellence on Lea Bridge Road invites all Walthamstow residents to their open day on Sunday 3rd March Between 11am to 5pm.  This event is in the spirit of friendship and conversation and is intended to give residents an engaging insight into the life of the mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam.
Stow Roses visit to East End Womens Museum, Wednesday 6 March
On Wednesday 6th March the local Women's Institute the Stow Roses will be visiting the East End Women's Museum.They hope to open in Barking in 2020. This is not to be confused with the Jack the Ripper version of an East End Women's Museum that was set up in the east end a few years ago. You can join the Stow Roses and book by email
Red Imp gigs-  March and April
Local comedy club Red Imp has a number of stand up comedy shows planned, all at the Rose and Crown Pub on Hoe Street. On Wednesday 6th March at 8.30pm will be Nina Conti in Nina and Roy- a new ventriloquist double act, Alife Moore and Alife Joey. Tickets are £12.50. On Thursday 11th April at 8.30pm will be Jo Caulfield- star of Have I Got News for you and Tom Ward- fresh from supporting Joe Lycett on tour. All tickets can be purchased here
Mozart's Requiem - Saturday 9th March
A performance of  Mozart's Requiem and Schubert's Mass in B flat by London Forest Choir with the Brandenburg Sinfonia will take place at Chingford Parish Church on Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 in advance from or call 07845 156494 and £14 on the door. Students and benefit recipients half price.
Cabaret Shows at the Rose and Crown- Saturday 9 March
There will be three cabaret shows written by local residents on Saturday 9th March at the Rose and Crown Pub on Hoe Street. The first is a new musical cabaret from Emily Davis, who is Welsh in Walthamstow! Come along for the ride as she navigates the London Underground, flatsharing, dating and the five-pound pint! Share in her awe, her joy, and her occasional disdain (which is when she feels the most London). This will run between 6.30-7.30pm and you can get Tickets here.
The second show is Middle-Aged Mermaid and Friends variety show. It's been 25 years! Now divorced, broke and renting in Balham - meet the Middle-Aged Mermaid and her very special London friends. What has she been up to? Will she address her escalating disposophobia? Bring an item you want to upcycle, for her clutter quiz. This will run between 4-6pm and you can get Tickets  here.
The final show is Gareth's Dating Disasters. Tired of Tinder? Had it with Hornet? Ghosted on Grinder? You are not alone - come to this fringe musical cabaret and bingo show and join Gareth Edward as he navigates the brave new world of digital dating. You can even dump Gareth by text message at any point during the show! This show will run between 8-10pm and you can get Tickets here.
Rockit Guitar Day - Saturday 9th March
Experience playing in a rock and pop band, prepare a performance, improvise and make some noise at this one day workshop organised by Waltham Forest Music Service. Taking place on Saturday 9th March at Walthamstow School for Girls between 11am to 2pm. Guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of at least grade one standard are welcome and this event is free thanks to Arts Council funding. More info and booking here.
Fighter workshops - Saturday 23 March/30 March
Fighter is a series of unique, exciting free theatre workshops that celebrate achievements of the radical British female boxers that fought for their right to fight on Saturday 23rd March in Leytonstone and Saturday 30th March in Walthamstow between 12-4pm. The workshops will be led by local resident and writer-performer Libby Liburd, whose new show Fighter premieres at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in March. Each workshop will feature a presentation and boxing masterclass with a female boxer. Participants will write and create their own short scripts and will receive plenty of practical ideas to continue the development of their pieces. Workshop participants will receive a souvenir photograph of themselves in fight gear and ready to rumble! Workshops are open to all and no previous boxing experience is required. Email for more information and book here.
Little Choir of Joy - Saturday 23rd March
There will be a singing workshop for children and their parents followed by a performance given by the Junior Choir organised by Waltham Forest Music Service. All abilities welcome and no singing experience needed, just bring your voice and your enthusiasm! For children aged 6-12 years and their parents and carers. This will take place at the Community Hub on Orford Road between 3-5pm on Saturday 23rd March. This is event is free and the course is fully funded so there is no fee for parents/carers- information and booking here.
Hoe St Market-Sunday 24 March
Find art, gifts, cakes, plants, jewellery, soaps, ceramics, homeware and more from local artists, makers and bakers in the retro paradise of Walthamstow Trades Hall on Sunday 24th March between 12-4pm. Street Food is served in the front car park (next to the petrol station on Hoe St) – buy outside and eat inside with a drink from the very cheap bar! Kid friendly with plenty of seating and space for prams, the address is 17 Hoe St but the entrance is on Tower Hamlets Road (opposite Yard Sale Pizza).
Carefree Kids Charity Quiz Night, Thursday 28 March 7:30pm
Carefree Kids are holding a fun charity quiz night to raise funds on Thursday 28th March from 7.30pm. This is taking place at The Rose and Crown Pub on Hoe Street. To book a place at the quiz night and find out more click here.
Mini Musicians Opera Day - Saturday 30th March
Waltham Forest Music Service is offering a day for local young children to experience live music through sound exploration, singing and movement. The day will include three taster sessions of their popular Mini Musicians Classes for Babies, Toddlers and 4-6 year olds, followed by an interactive ‘Sing Along’ Family Concert. For children aged 0 months to 6 years and their parents and carers, this event will be on Saturday 30th March at the Orford Road Community Hub from 9.45am. This event is free and the course is fully funded so there is no fee for parents/carers. For more information and booking click here.  

Where to find me this coming week....
  • Monday 4th March - Hosting an exhibition of female artists curated by Barry Bliss in parliament for International Women's Day.
  • Tuesday 5th March - attending a meeting regarding the treatment of staff at the National Gallery.
  • Thurday 7th March - speaking in the International Women's Day debate in parliament.
  • Saturday 9th March - taking part in International Women's Day campaign events for the Labour Party.

Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved....
The Chill Out Zone – New Youth Space at The Mill
A new place to hang out, play games, learn new skills, be creative and chill out after school has been developed for every Friday from 3-6pm at the Mill Community Centre on Coppermill Lane. Taking place during term time from Friday 1 March – Friday 12 July, its a drop in session so no booking is required. For more information please email the organisers.
Brexit: Nothing's Changed and Article 50 Extension Now Possible- Update
This last week saw yet more parliamentary time devoted to Brexit, to little change in the gridlock as to what should happen. The Prime Minister has now promised to hold a second 'meaningful vote' by Tuesday 12th March 2019 at the latest. Should Parliament again reject her deal, she will then table a vote on Wednesday 13th March as to whether to reject a 'no deal' brexit, and if parliament rejects no deal then she will table a vote on agreeing to extend the Article 50 process.
This week I asked Theresa May whether, if her deal is rejected again by parliament, she would then vote herself to reject 'no deal' brexit given the damage the threat of this is doing to our economy. She refused six times in total to answer this question, reflecting how the Prime Minister is using the threat of 'no deal' to try to force Parliament to support her proposals for Brexit. Read my question to the Prime Minister on taking no deal off the table or watch it here.
Also this week the Labour Party leadership committed to supporting a public vote on Brexit, reflecting the growing calls for a referendum on the outcome of the discussions between the UK and the EU given the gridlock in Parliament. I know this will be welcome news to many residents. I will continue to advocate for the public to be involved in Brexit and choosing whether to accept what the Prime Minister has negotiated or whether to remain in Europe.
It is possible that the Prime Minister will call the meaningful vote next week- on either Tuesday 5th March or Wednesday 6th March - depending on the outcomes of her continuing discussions with the European Union. I will continue to update residents via Facebook on the days of debates and votes on Brexit in parliament and provide weekly updates via this e-newsletter.
Tackling Anti-Semitism: Statement  
For the third year running, there have been a record number of antisemitism incidents reported in the UK. This equates to more than 100 incidents a month, with growing reports of abusive language and attacks on property owned by Jewish people and organisations. There is also a problem with antisemitism within the Labour movement- as an anti racist party I hold the Labour Party to the highest standards on its action to eradicate this hatred from politics. You can read or watch my contribution to a debate in parliament on this matter, and last Sunday I spoke to the Sophy Ridge Show about this matter. If any local resident concerned about this issue wishes to discuss antisemitism and the Labour movement with me please do get in touch.
Walthamstow Central Lift Update
Transport for London have been in touch about repairs to the lifts at Walthamstow Central and their plans to improve the reliability of the service. This follows repeated complaints about the lift being out of service. TFL engineers have been investigating this and found that the lifting mechanism needed replacing. They are currently replacing this and at the same time carrying out additional extra maintenance to improve the reliability of the lift. This lift should now be back in service and these changes should make the lift more reliable.
Hewing Wittare Walthamstow Stories Art Project
Do you live in or are from E17? Come share your stories and tales of Walthamstow for a local arts project. Your stories will be part of an exhibition and a mapped self-guided tour during the E17 Art Trail June 2019 created by Walthamstow artists Emily Vanns and Georgie White, hosted by Hewing Wittare. They want you to tell them something that has happened in the area that puts it on the map. You can email your stories by Sunday 14 April 2019 and remember to include the location that your story took place.
Tackling Period Poverty: Join The Red Box Project in Walthamstow
Period poverty refers to having a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools. The Waltham Forest Red Box Project has been running for a few months now with 15 volunteer coordinators on board, red boxes in 17 schools and 22 donation points set-up across the Borough. The project would love to hear from local businesses who would like to become a donation point, schools who are yet to receive a red box and anyone who would like to become a volunteer coordinator. Email to find out more.
North London Waste Plan- Consultation on Implementation  
The North London Waste Plan covers waste management for the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. They are currently consulting on this plan and how it is working out and local residents can take part between Friday 1 March to Friday 12 April.  All the background documents can be found on the NLWP website If you have views you can either submit them using the online form on the website or via email to Alternatively, you can post your representations to North London Waste Plan, Planning and Regeneration, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street WC1H 9JE.
Walthamstow Central's Concreted Phone Boxes
The concrete encased payphones at Walthamstow Central have been the subject of much discussion for some time, since they first appeared. Whilst not the biggest challenge Walthamstow faces, the failure of British Telecom to either remove or repair them is frustrating and these have been reported on multiple occasions to them. BT have now responded to my queries on this matter with the following update:
"For your background, we have been liaising closely with Waltham Forest Council to design the best possible mix of payphones and InLinks throughout the borough and we agreed, at the councils request, to remove the old payphones at the top of the hill and replace them with an InLink outside the Cycle, Park, Go facility further down Selbourne Road.
Clearly there has been some misalignment between the council and BT, which has seen the council progress with their street upgrade work before these payphones could be removed. Waltham Forest Council, BT and InLink are actively collaborating to ensure these payphones are removed as soon as possible and the site in question will be made good on completion."
Speaking Up for Human Rights in Kashmir: Parliamentary Question
Tension has been escalating in recent weeks between India and Pakistan following a terrorist attack in Kashmir and subsequent airstrikes. This week we secured an urgent question to the UK Foreign Minister responsible for the UK's actions on this matter. I raised with him a concern that the UK should speak up for the human rights of the Kashmiri people. You can read or watch my question.
Safeguarding Every Child: Relationship Education Debate
This week parliament held a debate on the new guidelines put forward by the Government to cover the provision of relationship and sex education in schools. I'm sorry to note from the letters I have received that misinformation has been circulated on this subject - Under the proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed relationships education in primary school and then relationships and sex education in secondary school only. The draft guidance – which was last updated in 2000 – will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020.
Parents have the right to remove their children from the secondary school element of these proposals. All education will be age appropriate, with the emphasis for primary school tuition on teaching respect for each other and healthy relationships. I spoke in the debate in parliament on this issue to set out the importance of ensuring young children are given such information by trained professionals- rather than their peers in the playground or from the internet. Read my full speech here or watch a short video.