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 […]
- Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Business Bank (5 Dec 2013)Stella Creasy: The Secretary of State admits that there have been problems with the Government’s plans. One area of lending at a local level that has been picking up the pieces and expanding is payday lending to businesses. Does the Secretary of State now accept that his Department was wrong to oppose capping the cost of credit, given that businesses have been ripped off by legal loan sharks as much...
- Royal Assent: Stalking (21 Nov 2013)Stella Creasy: My concern, and that of other people who have experienced this problem, is that the victim’s voice has traditionally been heard when there is a prosecution, but that should happen during the investigation of the offence. The police, like the criminal justice system, need to develop a different culture in which the offence is not seen as an issue of harassment, but in relation to the...
- Women and the Cost of Living (19 Nov 2013)Stella Creasy: The Minister brushed aside the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Feltham and Heston (Seema Malhotra) about the impact of the Government’s changes on women’s pockets and purses, offering instead a presumption that households share their incomes equally. Has she actually read the research into domestic violence and financial control? Does she really think that a simple...
- Women and Equalities: Violence against Women and Girls (31 Oct 2013)Stella Creasy: What steps she is taking to increase awareness of and prevent violence against women and girls.
- Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day] — Qualified Teachers (30 Oct 2013)Stella Creasy: The hon. Gentleman says that the purpose of education is to impart knowledge. Does he not think that the training that teachers get through QTS in how to impart knowledge, the psychology behind learning and behaviour management is important in delivering that? Does he not think that it matters that every teacher can control a class and help children to learn? That is what we are talking about...
- Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (29 Oct 2013)Culture, Media and Sport: Online Safety.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Sep 2013)Stella Creasy: Tyrell Matthews-Burton was a bright 19-year-old from Walthamstow who had everything to live for. His only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet two months after his brutal murder in Crete, the only contact that the Greek authorities have had with his family has been their posting home of the clothes that he was wearing that night. Will the Prime Minister meet me, and his...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Family Incomes (10 Sep 2013)Stella Creasy: What recent assessment he has made of the effect of fiscal policy on family incomes.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Primary School Places (9 Sep 2013)Stella Creasy: What steps he is taking to ensure a sufficient supply of primary school places; and if he will make a statement.
- Backbench Business — High-cost Credit (5 Sep 2013)Stella Creasy: rose-
MP and Councillors to join Local Campaigners at public meeting in pledge to stand up to Walthamstow’s Rogue Landlords (4 Dec 2013)
Local campaigners have pledged to stand up for the rights of tenants in Walthamstow as they respond to stories of rogue landlords and letting agents operating in the area. They have announced plans for a public meeting on this issue with local MP Stella Creasy and Cllr Marie Pye, lead cabinet member for housing on Waltham Forest Council on Friday 6 December at 7pm. Speaking about these plans Stella Creasy said: ‘keeping a roof above your head is becoming increasingly difficult for many in Walthamstow due to rising rents and poor quality private house with some residents spending upto 60/70% of their monthly income on accommodation costs alone. In the course of the last year the horror stories about the behaviour of letting agents and landlords have been flooding into my office- and the 7days4stow campaigners have been working hard to gather evidence to help us name and shame the persistent offenders. Its time Walthamstow fought back to hold these companies to account and ensure everyone gets a fair deal – I hope residents will join us to let us know their views on this.” Cllr Marie Pye who leads on Housing for Waltham Forest Council said: ‘As a Labour council […]
Government listens to Sharkstoppers campaign and caps the cost of payday loans (25 Nov 2013)
Responding to the Government’s announcement on capping the cost of payday loans Stella Creasy MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Minister, said: “Just two months ago this Government criticised Ed Miliband for wanting to reform broken markets, and now today we see them following Labour’s lead on the need to act against legal loan-sharking. “Whether in Parliament or out on Britain’s streets in the Sharkstoppers campaign, we have been making the case that capping is a tried and tested method used in many other countries to tackle the problems caused by payday lenders. For too long David Cameron has ignored our pleas to act and it is cash strapped consumers caught in the spiral of debt these companies generate who have paid a heavy price as a result. “Labour is committed to caps on the total cost of credit and we know there’s still more to do to address the damage this toxic industry has done to the lives of millions. We want a levy on these companies to expand the funds available to credit unions so they can serve more people, powers for councils to limit the growth of these companies on our high […]
Stella supports Stow Roses event with over 200 local women (14 Nov 2013)
The first meeting of the Stow Roses , Walthamstow’s new WI group was a great success. Stella attended along with over 200 women at the Warrant Officer pub in Higham Hill on 2nd October. Many women signed up to the Stow Roses and shared ideas for future events which included butchery, vintage hair styling, local history and jam making. Stow Roses meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Warrant Officer pub on Higham hill. If you would like more information on how to get involved, check out the Stow Roses Facebook page. Or alternatively contact the Stow Roses at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantasy Film Released as Wonga claim Legal Loansharking is a Wonderful Life (4 Nov 2013)
Commenting on the release of a promotional film for legal loanshark Wonga today, Stella Creasy MP Labour’s shadow minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs said; “Wonga may be able to find twelve people to say they are happy customers, I can find 1200 who are not and who are now paying the price for borrowing from these legal loan sharks. They like to claim they are different from other payday lenders, but the truth is they are all as bad as each other. That isn’t my review, but the outcome of the Office of Fair Trading investigation which found the entire payday lending industry in Britain was out of control. That’s why they have written to 50 legal loan sharks including Wonga about their behaviour. If Wonga really want to be transparent about how they make a million pounds a week from lending to hard pressed Brits, they should own up to being warned by the OFT and spell out what they are doing to put that right, rather than filling our cinema screens with such fiction.” “Families struggling with the cost of living crisis need protection from their propaganda. It’s bad enough that you can buy a Wonga babygrow at the […]
Government Lets Legal Loan Sharks Slip Through The Net Again says MP as FCA Dodges Credit Caps Question (3 Oct 2013)
Responding to the proposals outlined for consumer credit lenders in the Financial Conduct Authority’s rulebook, Stella Creasy MP again warned time was running out to tackle the problem legal loan sharks cause and called for Government to introduce a total cost cap on credit. Speaking about the proposals Stella said: “Whilst I welcome the focus of the FCA on legal loan sharks and their research into capping, the lack of real action again today on the actual cost of credit itself will be a blow for many caught in a spiral of debt due to payday lenders. The FCA’s hands are being tied by a Government that consistently speaks out against what most other countries have done to tackle legal loan sharks by opposing capping what these companies can charge. With 80% of these loans for just putting food on the table, or a roof over their heads, we know people are borrowing for everyday essentials not luxuries. Price caps would make these loans more affordable and so less like to cause debt problems in themselves. The measures the FCA announced today may go some way to limiting some of the damage being done, but they won’t prevent them like […]