Monday, 30 May 2016

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

  • Wednesday 1 June - attending the emergency vigil for Michelle Samaraweera at the Indian
    Embassy. Details of how to join below. 
  • Friday 3 June- holding an appointment only residents advice surgery. To book a place please call 020 8521 1223
  • Saturday 4 June- campaigning in Tooting for Labour. If you would like to join  please email.

Justice4Michelle 1 June 5pm

Next week will be the seventh anniversary of the rape and murder in Walthamstow of Michelle Samaraweera. Since 2011 a man charged with this, three other counts of rape and wanted in connection with another five cases, has been avoiding extradition to the UK by living in India. This is one of the most serious cases of sexual violence against women in the UK in recent years.

Despite this, there has been little media or Government attention to challenge the ongoing delays in this matter. That’s why I’m asking all local residents to join me and members of Michelle’s family on Wednesday 1 June at 5pm at the Indian embassy in Central London in an emergency vigil to seek justice for Michelle. Over thirty separate court hearings have now been held on this matter, yet still there has been no progress – we need your help to show that Britain hasn’t forgotten Michelle and we will continue to press for her alleged killer to be brought back here to face a trial. We demand the Indian authorities and British Government prioritise tackling violence against women.

We will be meeting at 5pm outside India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA and all are welcome- please feel free to bring #justice4michelle signs and wear the colour pink as it was Michelle’s favourite colour.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

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

  • Saturday 21st May - running a training session for Save the Children on campaign techniques 
  • Wednesday 25th May - hoping to speak in the Queens Speech Debate on education and skills and then hosting a meeting on the E17 Housing Campaign in parliament 
  • Thursday 26th May- helping to launch the 'Reclaim the Internet' campaign to end online harassment 
  • Friday 27th May - holding an appointment only residents advice surgery. To book please call 020 8521 1223
  • Saturday 28th May - running a training session for the Cooperative Party in Birmingham on campaigning

Monday, 16 May 2016

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

  • Sunday 15th May - putting the case for voting to stay in the European union, with John Cryer MP putting the case to leave, at the Walthamstow Churches EU referendum debate at St Peter's in the Forest Church
  • Monday 16th May - attending the opening ceremony for the new Lea Bridge Station 
  • Wednesday 18th May - attending the state opening of Parliament and then speaking at the national Labour Students Fundraiser
  • Friday 20th May - taking part in a guided tour of the William Morris Gallery exhibition on African textiles- to join email my office.
  • Saturday 21st May - working with Save the Children to run a campaigning training workshop for activists

For more on the re-opened Lea Bridge station click here

Saturday, 14 May 2016

NPF consultation on priority issues for policy development - deadline June 8th

The National Policy Forum of the Labour Party is now consulting on seven priority issues for policy development. Each of these is being led by a Policy Commission whose members are drawn from the Shadow Cabinet, National Executive Committee and the National Policy Forum. Members are invited to post comments on the website and these will be discussed at the full National Policy Forum meeting in July. Below are links for each commission. You can download the relevant policy document by following the link for each [see green highlight]

The closing date for submissions is June 8th

The seven Policy Commissions are:

Once you've had a chance to read the document you can make a submission by following the link on the right of each page [see yellow highlight]

The closing date for submissions is June 8th

Monday, 9 May 2016

"Bigotry has no place in a party campaigning for social justice" Stella Creasy MP

Responding to press reports of the suspension of a Labour party member Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, said she was “very clear that we must show zero tolerance” to antisemitism in the constituency.

She said she would “expect and indeed be calling for the local leadership” to take action over the issue, adding: “Bigotry has no place in a party campaigning for social justice.

“Walthamstow is a diverse and very tolerant community - I’ve lived here for 20 years and it’s really important we be clear that hatred of one group begets hatred of another.

“Bigotry is hatred, and hatred doesn’t help you to have a debate. Those people who suggest otherwise don’t understand the power of bigotry to exclude and disempower people.”

Statement on the suspension of a member of Walthamstow Labour Party for alleged anti-Semitism

Following the suspension on Friday of a member of Walthamstow Labour Party the chair of the Constituency Party said: "An individual member of Walthamstow Labour Party has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation by the national party. We condemn anti-Semitism and racism of all kinds but cannot comment further until the Party investigation has concluded."

Saturday, 7 May 2016

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

  • Monday 9th May - Speaking and voting in parliament to support proposals to help child refugees
  • Tuesday 10th May - participating in the Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry hearing into the naming of a Government research ship as "Boaty McBoatface" 
  • Wednesday 11th May - attending the Noor Ul Islam charity fundraiser in Watlhamstow
  • Thursday 12th May - meeting with local healthcare campaigners regarding PFI and patient involvement- to join us please email
  • Friday 13th May - holding a residents only advice surgery. To book an appointment please call 020 8521 1223. 
  • Saturday 14th May - attending the 'Craftivist' fundraiser for the Migrant Action Group at Orford House