Stella was elected for Walthamstow in 2010, having previously been a Waltham Forest councillor and Mayor of the Borough, and currently serves as a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Stella gained her PhD in psychology and worked for the Scouting Association and Involve, the public involvement think tank. Previously she worked in Westminster for Douglas Alexander, Charles Clarke and Ross Cranston.
Stella has been leading a high profile campaign to control legal loan sharks.
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- Co-operative MPs celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight (6 Jul 2013)Today, International Co-operatives Day, marks the close of Co-operatives Fortnight 2013, celebrated around the country by co-operative enterprises. Our Members of Parliament made their own contribution by organising a Parliamentary debate, highlighting the great work of co-ops here and abroad. The debate was organized by Chris Evans, Labour & Co-operative MP for Islwyn. Throughout the […]
- Step forward in the House of Lords for loansharks campaign (29 Nov 2012)Last night the government recognised the need to cap the interest rates charged on payday loans, responding to a debate in the House of Lords on a proposed amendment to the Financial Services Bill. As inflation rises and household incomes fall, increasing numbers of people are borrowing from payday lenders to make ends meet and […]
- Stella Creasy MP dinner in Liverpool, 11th October (6 Oct 2012)Stella Creasy MP dinner – an invitation from Liverpool & Sefton Co-operative Party Great news! Stella Creasy has agreed to be the guest of honour at our first Liverpool & Sefton Co-operative Party fundraising dinner. Stella will be speaking about her fantastic work campaigning to End Legal Loan Sharks and what it means to be […]
- Bringing the End Legal Loansharking campaign to Labour Party Conference (1 Oct 2012)The Co-operative Party’s Development & Campaigns Officer Rebecca Mattingly previews tonight’s Labour Party Conference event. Today at Labour Party Conference, the Co-operative Party will join with Movement for Change for an End Legal Loansharking campaign training session. Speakers including Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP and Stella Creasy MP will build on growing activism around the […]
- The Co-operative Party at Labour Party Conference (25 Sep 2012)The Co-operative Party has announced its events at Labour Party Conference which takes place in Manchester next week. We are hosting a varied set of fringe meetings, training events and socials, with partners including CSM, Movement for Change, Compass, the Fabians and Labour Students. We look forward to seeing delegates in Manchester – the Co-operative […]
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 63 - Contract terms which may or must be regarded as unfair (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: I promise not to discuss with my hon. Friend his communicative acts. The amendments relate to additions to the schedule of unfair contract terms, so it would be open to the scrutiny he is suggesting. As has been noted, there are indeed cases where one might want to split the fee for the same transaction. However, where the estate agent is charging a commission fee to both the buyer and the...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 62 - Requirement for contract terms and notices to be fair (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: Just to clarify, what if a consumer had signed up not for a specific service speed but the notion of a speedy service? The point I am trying to make with this example is the difference between specific communication about a particular contract that a consumer might sign up to and generalised communication about the quality of the service that a provider might offer. I want to understand...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Schedule 1 - Amendments consequential on Part 1 (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: There are many things in life that we know to be both dull and necessary-we find many of those things in the House. We recognise why the Minister has tabled the amendment, which we see as a tidying amendment. We have no concerns about it and congratulate her on finding an enticing way to describe it.
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 56 - Right to price reduction (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: I beg to move amendment 61, in clause 56, page 32, line 36, a t end insert- ‘(2A) The consumer is entitled to this refund within 30 days of agreeing that a refund is to be paid using the same payment method used in the original transfer. (2B) Where the trader fails to ensure this refund is provided within this timeframe the consumer is entitled to...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 55 - Right to repeat performance (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: I beg to move amendment 59, in clause 55, page 32, line 19, at end insert- ‘(1A) Where the quality of provision of services has been deemed to be hazardous or so poor as to cause the consumer to reasonably lose confidence in the trader’s ability to provide services which they would wish to purchase, the consumer may refuse a repeat performance and exercise their right to...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Estate Agents (6 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: The Minister mentions the Government’s intention for Powys county council, which serves a predominantly rural area, to take over the regulation of estate agents from April. Powys has had three different cabinets in as many months, and had to be threatened with intervention by the Welsh Government before it could agree a budget yesterday. Given that it cannot seem to get its own house in...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 54 - Consumer’s rights to enforce terms about services (4 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: I am sure the Minister will point to the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, regulation 41, which states: “Where a trader operates a telephone line for the purpose of consumers contacting the trader by telephone in relation to contracts entered into with the trader, a consumer contacting the trader must not be bound to pay more than...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 52 - Service to be performed within a reasonable time (4 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: I thank the Minister for her reply. However, she was arguing that the amendment is both unnecessary and mistaken. She is now saying that members of the public would have recourse to the concept of what a reasonable time scale is. We had specifically not put a time scale in the amendment. Our point is that, if people are badly affected by things such as floods and lose their homes or...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 51 - Reasonable price to be paid for a service (4 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: These have been illuminating amendments with an illuminating debate, for a number of reasons. If I understand what the Minister said, she argued that matters raised by amendment 51 are already dealt with in the legislation through claims that are made and that there is sector specific legislation for pensions. I am therefore happy not to press the amendment on that basis. Before we move on to...
- Public Bill Committee: Consumer Rights Bill: Clause 50 - Information about the trader or service to be binding (4 Mar 2014)Stella Creasy: Given that the schedule of terms does not expand on the number of unfair contract terms that are part of case law, and that the Bank of Ireland customers have not been able to secure redress, can the Minister do a little more to guarantee that consumers have protection should their contracts be found to be unfair? I am concerned, because the existing legislation has not helped the Bank of...
MP and Councillors join local residents at workshops to improve Health and Housing services in Walthamstow (5 Mar 2014)
Local residents came together at workshops across Walthamstow to look at ways to improve the local health and housing services. The workshops took place in William Morris, Lea Bridge and Chapel End. The workshops provided local residents with the opportunity to voice their concerns. The workshops aimed to gather evidence about local residents’ experiences and their ideas on how to make improvements. Speaking about the workshops Stella said: “It is becoming clear that many people in Walthamstow are having problems with the health and housing services that they rely on in their everyday lives. These workshops have given us a better understanding of these issues and bring local people together in tackling them. “I hope that anyone who has experienced issues in these sectors or who wants to be involved in making services work better for local people will join us, share their stories and help with the campaign.” The workshops took place in response to local residents struggling to get access to a GP or who have had experience of bad practice in the housing sector. They will help to explore the causes of these problems and help campaign for changes to the behaviour of those involved to […]
Consumer Rights Bill Update: Labour speaks up for Small Businesses and Tackles Rogue Estate Agents, Log Book Loans and Ticket Touting (13 Feb 2014)
Mention estate agents in Walthamstow and everyone has a story to tell good or bad. I know the stress of buying a home brings up tales of sharp practices, gazumping and misinformation for many residents. And as our national housing market begins to heat up, we know some Estate Agents are taking advantage of the demand for properties to increase their fees and change the terms of their service to squeeze even more money out of hard pressed house hunters. Making sure people get a decent service in industries like this is vital to making their money go further. Yet on Monday this Government delegated all national responsibility for oversight of the 500,000 people who work in real estate to the Powys Council Council trading standards. I lead Labour members in opposing this change because we don’t believe now is the time to take our eyes off this industry in this way. With some estate agents now starting to charge both buyers a fee for their services as well as sellers- and expecting buyers to pay for this out of the offer they make to buy a home-there is a real risk many people will be worse off if oversight […]
Don’t Let Double Charging Estate Agents Off The Hook Urges Labour (10 Feb 2014)
MPs today sounded the alarm about the Government’s plans to downgrade the oversight of Estate Agents as they pushed forward plans to transfer responsibility for the regulation of the entire England and Wales industry to the Powys and Anglesey Council Trading Standards. With new evidence estate agents are taking advantage of the demand for properties to introduce charges for both buyers and sellers Shadow Consumer Minister Stella Creasy said : “With the terms and conditions of contracts for buying and selling houses causing increasing concern, now is not the time to turn a blind eye to these problems. There is evidence from the London housing market that Estate Agents are now introducing new contracts which involve charging buyers a fee to be introduced to a property. This means they have to offer a lower price for a property as they have to cover this cost as well as the purchase price. Consequently sellers could get less money for their property despite also paying for the estate agent’s service. The only people who do well out of these kinds of ‘sealed bid’ deals are the agents who get a nice fat fee from both the buyer and the seller. The Ombudsman calls this an […]
IWD 2014: Download the Flyer and Poster for Walthamstow’s Wonderful Women Walk (4 Feb 2014)
In 1910 hundreds of suffragettes gathered in Cedar’s Avenue in Walthamstow. They listened to Sylvia, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst and marched along our roads to call for an equal role for women in our country. Thank you to the Museum of London for allowing us to share this important record of our local social and political history.You can find the picture here. On March 8 2014 we want to recreate their march and showcase the wonderful women of Walthamstow. Please help us spread the word about this event by downloading these flyers – high and low res- and sharing them with anyone you think would be interested in attending. 1 A5 IWD E17 march flyer individual pages 2 A5 IWD E17 march flyer individual pages and here is the A4 poster : Poster for Walthamstow Wonderful Women’s Walk For those who are very enthusiastic about this, we are also seeking volunteers to help with the organisation of this event (e.g. stewarding, making sashes or badges for attendees in suffragette colours or helping publicity for it) If you would like to help with this event or receive this information about the history behind this picture please do get in touch!
#smartspenders: Reforming Britain’s Consumer Rights Legislation (3 Feb 2014)
This month the Government announced plans to bring forward its Consumer Rights Bill. As the Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, I will be leading Labour’s response to these proposals in the coming months both in parliament and in our campaigns. At present, this piece of legislation offers little to prevent the many problems consumers in Britain face; concerns which are leading to debt and distress for too many not just in Walthamstow but across our country. As the person leading on this for Labour, my role is to put forward alternative legislation and seek to persuade the Government to change their plans to match these ambitions instead. If we are successful, as we were with the payday lending proposals, I believe this could help the public get a much better deal for a wide range of goods and services and help rebalance our economy. So far the signs that the Government will listen to concerns about how consumers are being shortchanged and how we could address this are not good. You can read my speech in the second reading of this legislation in parliament here . As you can see, the Government ruled out taking action on a wide variety […]