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Stella Creasy, Shadow Home Affairs minister with responsibility for violence against women: live webchat TODAY, Thursday 27 September 1-2pm

(92 Posts)
FrancesMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Sep-12 12:11:43

We are pleased to announce that Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, will be joining us for a webchat on Thursday 27 September from 1-2pm. Prior to being an MP, Stella was Head of Public Affairs at the Scout Association. She is Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, and has campaigned on pay day loans (including lobbying presenters Ant and Dec about their association with payday loans company Wonga).

Stella is now supporting One Billion Rising UK, the UK arm of the wider One Billion Rising campaign, an international coalition to end violence against women and girls. The campaign will culminate on 14 February 2013 on the 15th anniversary of V Day. V-Day is about women's collective strength, numbers and solidarity across borders. You can see Stella's Mumsnet Blog about One Billion Rising here.

As ever, if you're unable to join us on the day please post your questions in advance here.

Thank you
MNHQ

QWERTYmonster Wed 26-Sep-12 14:19:00

Hello Stella - welcome to Mumsnet.

Can I ask whether you'll be running for Mayor of London in 2016? Would be great to see a woman doing the job.

wildpoppy Wed 26-Sep-12 19:13:46

Do you like your name? It's on our shortlist.

AbigailAdams Wed 26-Sep-12 20:39:30

Hi Stella. On your blog you linked to a BBC article about FGM. In it, Dr Comfort Momoh challenges David Cameron to do something about FGM. Are there any legislation changes, lobbying, conscious raising at a parliamentary level etc, taking place to address this real threat to thousands of girls?

Thanks

TheFarSide Wed 26-Sep-12 21:28:31

Hi Stella - no question, just wanted to say thanks - you are my MP in Walthamstow and some of us really appreciate you. Can't say more without outing myself!

champagnesupernova Wed 26-Sep-12 23:38:30

Hi Stella
I am in an annoying meeting tomorrow but am a big admirer - you are v similar age to me and I also worked in PR.

Do you think the 'career' politico tagline people give to people with your professional background is unfair?

How did you like the world of PR and how does it compare to your job now?

CinnabarRed Thu 27-Sep-12 07:32:16

Have just realised I was at school with Stella - how bizarre.

CinnabarRed Thu 27-Sep-12 07:32:38

Makes me realise I should have done more with my life.

NormaStanleyFletcher Thu 27-Sep-12 07:35:25

What, if anything, will labour do to secure, and increase, the funding of women's aid and rape crisis centres? Either in opposition or if elected

MmeLindor Thu 27-Sep-12 08:18:10

Hello Stella, welcome to MN.

I've been following you on Twitter for some time (there is no way of saying that without sounding stalkery, is there) and am impressed with both your excellent local engagement and your nationwide campaigning.

Were you always interested in politics, and did your parents foster that interest?

And - how can we get young people interested in politics - especially those whose parents are not politically active.

Btw, do you follow Libdemchild on Twitter?

personanongrata Thu 27-Sep-12 09:25:33

Stella, what would you say if David Cameron told you to calm down? How sexist is Parliament these days?

Oh, and PS: What does Magna Carta mean wink

nowit Thu 27-Sep-12 09:44:20

Interested to hear about you campaigning against payday loan companies. On a completely trivial note, can you tell the difference between Ant and Dec?

Will try and think of a proper question and come back blush

pinkje Thu 27-Sep-12 09:44:27

What family car do you drive?

Just curious I guess, but also trying to make that decision myself.

Thanks.

Woodlands Thu 27-Sep-12 09:58:01

I just wanted to echo TheFarSide - you are my local MP and while I campaigned for a different candidate in 2010, I think you're doing a great job and you'll have my vote next time.

PlainBellySneetch Thu 27-Sep-12 10:00:09

Hello Stella, thanks for coming on, I think you're great.

So my question is, Would you like to lead the Labour Party? Obviously it's not in my gift, but.. wink

kittykitty Thu 27-Sep-12 10:18:37

Just wondering what you think about job-sharing for MPs - would that be something you'd have been interested in and do you reckon if it came in, it would encourage a greater variety of people to become MPs?

PlainBellySneetch Thu 27-Sep-12 10:19:31

Oh and is it true that there's still a certain hostility reluctance amongst the old guard <mentions no John Prescott Tom Watson etc names> to allowing capable young women really to progress within the party?

TheMulberryTree Thu 27-Sep-12 10:24:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OrangeandGoldMrsDeVere Thu 27-Sep-12 10:25:59

Hello Stella. I won't be here at 1 because I am doing some training. But please can I beg you to do something about the gymbalow? It's still there, they are living in it and renting out the house to individual lodgers.

And no one believes me except Mumsnet

Oh yeah. STELLA FOR PM!!!!!!!
(specially if she sorts out the gymbalow)

poppyseeds99 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:26:24

Hi Stella,
I've got 2 questions <cheeky>

What's your view on paid/unpaid internships? Surely if we ban unpaid internships then we're not giving our young the chance to get a bit of experience, which might in turn lead to a job?

And I have always been of the opinion that politicians - yes, even Labour ones - are self-serving and use their affiliation to political parties as a means to get ahead. What can you say to convince me that you're not self-serving and that you became an MP to serve your constituency, not just for the fame and glam factor?

Thanks!

LindsayWagner Thu 27-Sep-12 10:26:28

Thanks for coming on Stella.

Did you vote for Ed or David?

And where do you stand on the union vote?

And don't you think it's time for Labour to set out in detail their economic strategy, even at this early stage of the election cycle.

Sorry, that's 3 qs...

GothAnneGeddes Thu 27-Sep-12 10:35:26

Hi Stella,

I also follow you on Twitter and am very impressed with your campaigning.

Two questions:

1) Would you like there to be a cap on APR, so that rates like Wonga's would be a thing of the past?

2) How can we get a wider variety of people to enter politics? It seems a bit depressing that so many new MP's have v similar education and work backgrounds.

Many thanks!

ChooChooLaverne Thu 27-Sep-12 10:40:36

Hi Stella

What can we do to stop violence against women in the UK? As individuals or collectively?

And are there any problems you can anticipate with upcoming changes to the benefits system that might adversely affect women in abusive relationships?

Sorry, two questions!

Katn Thu 27-Sep-12 10:41:46

following on from personanongrata, I'd like to ask what's the worst bit of sexism you've ever encountered in your career, and how did you handle it? do you see it a lot?

emcwill74 Thu 27-Sep-12 11:53:53

Hi Stella, I'd like to know your views on Page 3 and if you have signed the No More Page 3 petition? And if so/not, why?

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