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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

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:10:15

Anyone who follows me will know Ma and Pa Creasy a big influence- both for and against what I do! they were always challenging me and encouraging me to follow my passions and being schmaltzy I couldn't do what i do without having had the love they have given me (as well as the full frank and free feedback they also offer without being asked on a number of subjects including my sartorial choices, speeches and choices in interior design!) They were always involved in issues in our local area which made me see that it wasn't enough to talk about wanting the world to be different, you had to get stuck in to try to make it so.

Involving people in political change for me is a harder question - there is no magic bullet as I recognise the public don't think we make a difference (and yet its precisely that reason that I think most people from all political parties do it for) at a time when we're facing some very big challenges as a society the need to rebuild that sense that we can together make big choices is all the more important to me- the people I represent in walthamstow don't just need one mp trying to mitigate the problems we have but a society in which we recognise the benefits to everyone of helping each other achieve our potential. Politics at its best is the process that allows us to do that- getting people involved therefore to me isn't about individual politicians but rebuilding a culture in which we want to work together for common causes. On a practical level that means no more boring meetings and speeches to me (I often sit through meetings where I would like to chew my own arm off to leave) and being clearer about how each of us can make a contribution and so make a difference.

MmeLindor

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?

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:12:03

ah - the biscuit question! There is no contest if you're talking chocolate (foxes viennese still the best although the mini milk things M&S have started doing come a close second) am also partial to deconstructing malted milk sandwiches and have gone off cake completely since the jubilee when I ate 58 sponge cakes in three days (proper aversion therapy) so hot tip if you want me to come to something bring pastry not icing! ;-)

JammySplodger

And has anyone asked what your favourite biscuit is yet?

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:12:26

I may possibly have shown too much interest in the biscuit question in this response it is true.....

StellaCreasyMP

ah - the biscuit question! There is no contest if you're talking chocolate (foxes viennese still the best although the mini milk things M&S have started doing come a close second) am also partial to deconstructing malted milk sandwiches and have gone off cake completely since the jubilee when I ate 58 sponge cakes in three days (proper aversion therapy) so hot tip if you want me to come to something bring pastry not icing! ;-)

JammySplodger

And has anyone asked what your favourite biscuit is yet?

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:15:26

yes sorry just seen these - am hoping to meet the campaigners soon in person! Think its an important sign of the times that a grassroots campaign like this has got so much support so quickly - will be interesting to see how the sun respond. What I also hope is that there is a broader discussion about positive and diverse images of women too - I was talking yesterday to a really interesting project that is about to launch about positive images for women not just of their figures but of their futures. Want young women to have more ideas, not less, about what they could do and aspire to be and think there's a real appetite not just to challenge objectification of women but also a lack of representation of others aspects of what we're capable of too!

emcwill74

...and page 3?!

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:16:57

think have found most things - apologies if I missed anything and do feel free to tweet me ? @stellacreasy

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:17:59

think the mumsnet people are suggesting I talk to myself....I want to categorically deny this honestly! < mumbles a bit maybe when trying to remember names or addresses>

58 sponge cakes in three days shock

Foxes viennese, very nice! And I don't think it's possible to show too much intetest in chocolate bisbuits grin

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:19:15

just in case not clear the One Billion Rising UK info is all on our website www.obruk.wordpress.com - or you can email admin@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:20:06
StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:21:18

yes- the walthamstow twitterati collaborated to challenge me by organising cake competitions and then asking me to judge them. By the third day I was shaking from the sugar overload and a fear of the fruitcake mix........

foxes are just right in terms of sugar- as have explained to the mumsnet peopl oreos are too sugary even for me!

JammySplodger

58 sponge cakes in three days shock

Foxes viennese, very nice! And I don't think it's possible to show too much intetest in chocolate bisbuits grin

Agree, can't be doing with oreos. I was hoping the malted milk sandwich would be ...

malted milk
bourbon (or possibly penguin)
malted milk

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:24:11

mumsnet complaining about my biscuit linking- honestly its all very highbrow round here you know!

http://www.concordextra.com/img_uploads/foxes-creams-malted-milk-2.jpg

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:25:09

ok mumsnetters - I'm off now but hope you enjoyed this as much as I did < munches the rest of the biscuits and half inchces the remaining sandwiches > thank you for having me!

Bye! Thanks for coming on.

emcwill74 Thu 27-Sep-12 14:28:23

Thanks Stella! Hope the meeting with No More Page 3 goes really well!

CinnabarRed Thu 27-Sep-12 21:29:33

Hi Stella! Nice to see you doing so well.

I was actually a couple of years above you, but we did some drama stuff together.

Although I was actually more familiar with your brother.... blush

CinnabarRed Thu 27-Sep-12 21:49:06

Hi Stella! Nice to see you doing so well.

I was actually a couple of years above you, but we did some drama stuff together.

Although I was actually more familiar with your brother.... blush

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