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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?

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 12:48:10

Hello and welcome to mumsnet!

Will you be pressing for refuges and supported housing to be taken out of universal credit and the overall benefit cap?

The government don't seem to be clear whether they will as yet, or whether women in refuges will have to apply to the discretionary fund to meet their housing costs. Discretionary funds, as I interpret it, are not money that is guaranteed. This is totally wrong IMO, women fleeing abuse need a guarantee that their housing costs will be paid, and that they don't have to make up the difference themselves.

Womens aid are concerned that if survivors are not exempted from the overall benefit cap then the many refuges will have to close.

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 12:50:34

The thread on this - called benefit caps could decimate the refuge system - is here: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/in_the_news/1567760-Benefit-caps-could-decimate-the-refuge-system

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Sep-12 13:01:56

Apologies but Stella's running a wee bit late - stuck on a tube we're thinking. But am sure she'll be with us soon.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Sep-12 13:10:23

She's here now [hurrah] and will get going shortly.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:13:57

hello everyone- sorry having problems logging in. Has this worked? am also trying to find out what an earth a gymbalow is?! #lostmp

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:15:25

think this working now- apparently gymbalow a planning issue. Know from being a local councillor how stressful these things are to all concerned but don't have authority as an MP to intervene! always try to be honest about where I do and don't have power as not fair to suggest otherwise!

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:17:06

so questions on violence against women and refuges- yes pressed the government to look at what universal credit will do to refuges and lobbying the home office to lobby the DWP about it. Very worried as 40% of refuge clients claim housing benefit for both the refuge and their property- the cap would affect their ability to do that meaning some women could end up either losing a tenancy (so having nowhere to return to or exchange) or not being able ot afford to go to a refuge.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:18:59

On FGM- yes agree its a difficult one to get right. Jane ellison, the battersea mp, is doing some good work on this and the need to help those who may come into contact with girls at risk to spot the signs. Also need to work with women within communities particularly affected by it to secure their support in challenging practise.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:21:14

worst bit of sexism- where to start?! parliament like rest of british society and its expectations of women, so think my experiences no different to others but it is important to speak out as doesn't mean we should accept it. Everytime we do even though you get a torrent of abuse I hope it makes it a bit easier for others to challenge as well and try to support others to do so too in all walks of life? on a personal level, I always say if people want to judge me as a blonde woman more fool them! ;-)

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:21:47

just as an aside have to say not only have the fabled mumsnet biscuits arrived but they're also handing out lovely sarnies and posh fruit juice. Mumsnet rocks!

QWERTYmonster Thu 27-Sep-12 13:23:13

Hi Stella

To follow up on the DV issue: sadly, it was the Labour government that oversaw the withdrawal of ringfencing from funding for local DV refuges (among other things, including housing for asylum seekers).

Do you agree that Labour got this badly wrong? Do you think the ringfence should be restored? (Cos I do, as you can probably tell wink)

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:23:29

just seen the question on unpaid internships- I've long been a supporter of the campaign to end this practice in all professions as seen first hand how it not only exploits young people trying to get a start in life but also isn't very productive for organisations involved. If you're really interested I wrote a piece for labour list a while ago about how to make internships work for everyone and ensure that they're open to all - google 'putting our house in order'?

StripyShoes Thu 27-Sep-12 13:24:21

Hi Stella,

On your last point, how is mn viewed in political circles? grin

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:26:38

not sure how to direclty reply to posters but qwertymonster actually think we need to change the entire way we support women who are victims of violence and harassment at both a local and national level including how we fund support services as well as prosecute offenders and help survivors. Its striking to me from my own casework let alone the organisations I work with that current system too often misses cases - or can't intervene early enough- let alone the changes that are to come will make this even harder. What would work is something we're discussing some policy ideas through via the one billion rising campaign workshops- hope you could make one of them to discuss?

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 27-Sep-12 13:26:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MmeLindor Thu 27-Sep-12 13:27:44

Stella
What do you think of Louise Mensch.

Be honest now, we won't tell anyone.

wink

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:28:29

hello cinnabarred - just to say it wasn't me, the dinner ladies made me do it and in any case you can hardly see the mark on the carpet....;-)

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:29:11

gulp the lovely mumsnet ladies have just shown me how to directly respond to posts apologies pokes computer with stick

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:31:06

actually I never really got to know louise- I did one debate with her and she seemed perfectly nice (if mistaken on what feminism means!). Didn't agree with her politics and got frustrated that when she left parliament the media rang me to see whether I felt this meant 'women couldn't have it all'. Had to point out I don't have kids, a transatlantic partner or indeed an ability to write trashy novels! I did try to get them to talk to male colleagues struggling with balancing their family lives but no one called them....feels to me like we still have a long way to go ......

MmeLindor

Stella
What do you think of Louise Mensch.

Be honest now, we won't tell anyone.

wink

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:31:51

how is mumsnet viewed in political circles? with fear and reverence obviously.......;-)

StripyShoes

Hi Stella,

On your last point, how is mn viewed in political circles? grin

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:32:15

sorry just trying to tab down to find some of the earlier questions.....

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 13:32:58

Thanks for answering my question. [flowers]

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 13:33:17

thanks even

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:33:25

er - I'm still learning to drive actually (yes be afraid walthamstow residents, very afraid) so not sure I'm much use on this question I'm afraid!

pinkje

What family car do you drive?

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

Thanks.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:33:50

careful - people will talk you know! ;-)

FrothyOM

thanks even

Hello Stella, glad you're enjoying the biscuits!

There are an awful lot of mums on here and at various school gates who would love to return to work, in particular professional jobs they are skilled and good at, but find it really hard getting anything part-time that fits alongside family life and does their skills justice.

Things have definitely improved for new mums returning to the same job after maternity leave, but do you have an sense of things changing for professional part-time parents? Personally I think the British economy is missing a trick, there's a huge underused talent pool out here.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:37:51

apols answered your earlier question above somewhere as didn't have the hang of the quote thingy. as to your second am well aware that people want politics to be showbusiness for ugly people! its why i say I didn't get elected as stella but as labour and as walthamstow - i want people to judge me by how well I serve the community and the causes I represent, not whether you think i'm glam (which as my mother frequently reminds me is a work in progress...;-) as politics isn't about 650 people but the way we make decisions as a society.

poppyseeds99

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!

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 13:38:41

grin that really just means thanks round here!

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:40:22

I agree very much- I'm also mindful that increasingly many people have caring responsibilities too. Within the next few years the balance between people over 65 and under 65 will change in our society- unless we find a different way of working that allows both a better work life balance for all (whether parents or carers) we will miss out on the contribution many people can make as well as end up not being able to support either our youngest or our oldest generation. it the biggest demographic challenge politics is facing now- you should hold all of us to account for how we help Britain address it!

JammySplodger

Hello Stella, glad you're enjoying the biscuits!

There are an awful lot of mums on here and at various school gates who would love to return to work, in particular professional jobs they are skilled and good at, but find it really hard getting anything part-time that fits alongside family life and does their skills justice.

Things have definitely improved for new mums returning to the same job after maternity leave, but do you have an sense of things changing for professional part-time parents? Personally I think the British economy is missing a trick, there's a huge underused talent pool out here.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:41:00

fine right yeah totally, didn't read anything else into it at all....anyway....

FrothyOM

grin that really just means thanks round here!

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:44:16

People will judge all of us through their frames of reference- whether our working background or our gender or our age- until they see what you do. Then they judge you -for good or bad! - by your actions IMHO

champagnesupernova

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?

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:46:20

My name is a family name and now I'm older I'm proud of it but did get a lot of jokes growing up about being married to rene from 'ello 'ello (as he was rene artois) or did I have a brother called carl (sberg) etc everytime too the person who said it thought they were the first person to come up with it too......*makes resigned smiley face*

wildpoppy

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

QWERTYmonster Thu 27-Sep-12 13:46:26

Thanks for the answer on DV funding (would still like to hear one - just one - MP say that we need the ringfence back, mind!)

One Billion Rising campaign workshops link here for those who are interested. Will try to get to the East London one.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:50:58

actually goes a bit partisan all the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidates have promised to protect funding for VAWG services. But my point is I think we need to do much more- for example I'm constantly infuriated by housing associations who don't see their role in protecting DV victims, and think MARACs are geared in the wrong way which also influences funding decisions. We spend £40bn on dealing with DV victims every year and yet still 30% of murder cases involve it. The women (and men) affected by this need us to get our act together and I hope through OBRUK to get this on the national agenda but to do that I need the help of people like yourself and other mumsnet readers to get involved and help show this should be a priority! takes a breath

QWERTYmonster

Thanks for the answer on DV funding (would still like to hear one - just one - MP say that we need the ringfence back, mind!)

One Billion Rising campaign workshops link here for those who are interested. Will try to get to the East London one.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:51:55

sorry realise I'm using twitter punctuation and putting * around things but its coming up as bold on the chat rather than as an aside. My helpful assistant here has also just pointed this out. I have confiscated the crisps by return.....

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:52:55

please bear with me as still trying to tab down to find the questions.....

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:53:40

yes and there was a westminster hall debate on it two weeks ago - well on services for victims of domestic violence but we used it to raise issue and get minister to agree to help!

FrothyOM

The thread on this - called benefit caps could decimate the refuge system - is here: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/in_the_news/1567760-Benefit-caps-could-decimate-the-refuge-system

RachelGuildford Thu 27-Sep-12 13:54:25

Dear Stella

I strongly support initiatives which raise the profile of the prevalence and severity of violence against women globally. However, I am really concerned about much of the imagery and messages contained within the new One Billion Rising film.

In particular, there is a strong suggestion that individual women can always resist violence if they make that choice - which simply is not the reality for the vast majority of women around the world.

Please could you let us know how the UK part of this campaign will develop clear messages and demands of government to ensure that this does not become a one dimensional shock tactic campaign which fails to address the structural inequalities which women face and which frame the violence they experience worldwide.

Many thanks,
Rachel

QWERTYmonster Thu 27-Sep-12 13:55:13

grin we use <> for stage directions on MN

As in

<feels a bit sorry for Stella's long-suffering assistant>

wink

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:55:30

thank you - that's very kind * voted for someone else ey? will check my lists...;-) * hope I can persuade you to help with some of our local work? will certainly need assistance nagging our local healthcare providers yet again given we still don't have our sexual healthcare services locally......

Woodlands

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.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:56:12

listen they get a lifetimes worth of training in the marvels of indie music of the 1990s. They do very well!

QWERTYmonster

grin we use <> for stage directions on MN

As in

<feels a bit sorry for Stella's long-suffering assistant>

wink

FrothyOM Thu 27-Sep-12 13:57:31

Do one billion rising have internet workshops too?

Just thinking money and childcare issues would mean many couldn't attend them.

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 13:58:32

hi rachel thanks for feedback- I'm sorry if you feel film suggests this as I took the link to be that if we worked together and rise together we can challenge these factors? Would be great if you could get involved in the OBRUK campaign as its designed to empower the people who do to campaign and lead it themselves? think someone else has linked to the events page if you can make a workshop?

RachelGuildford

Dear Stella

I strongly support initiatives which raise the profile of the prevalence and severity of violence against women globally. However, I am really concerned about much of the imagery and messages contained within the new One Billion Rising film.

In particular, there is a strong suggestion that individual women can always resist violence if they make that choice - which simply is not the reality for the vast majority of women around the world.

Please could you let us know how the UK part of this campaign will develop clear messages and demands of government to ensure that this does not become a one dimensional shock tactic campaign which fails to address the structural inequalities which women face and which frame the violence they experience worldwide.

Many thanks,
Rachel

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:00:02

yes - you will be able to interact with the campaigns online too at the website. We're just developing how best to design the pages to do this- OBRUK is run by volunteers so we don't have the snazziest web pages and if any mumsnet reader would like to help us with it would appreciate it! they should get in touch? stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

FrothyOM

Do one billion rising have internet workshops too?

Just thinking money and childcare issues would mean many couldn't attend them.

FrancesMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 27-Sep-12 14:00:35

Hello

Here's the link to the One Billion Rising short film for anybody who hasn't seen it, www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl2AO-7Vlzk

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:01:37

the mumsnet team and my assistant are laughing at me having to think through tube lines. This is the sort of abuse politicians are subjected to you know! <hogs the biscuit plate in retaliation >

StellaCreasyMP Thu 27-Sep-12 14:03:29

fearing I've missed quite a few questions- think there are some on wonga and the legal loan shark campaign so would say the campaign is very much continuing! Hope posters will tell the Football Association to end legal loan sharks on merchandise for kids (wonga replica kit for your baby anyone?) and push their MP to support caps on the cost of credit when proposals come back to parliament. There's an amendment due to come before the house of lords on this in october- if you want updates on how you can help the campaign please email me on stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk and will add you to our mailing list!

emcwill74 Thu 27-Sep-12 14:04:28

...and page 3?!

Thank you for the reply smile

The One Billion Rising gets lots of thumbs up from me, but have you / do you plan to get involved in highlighting DV against men? (having seen it in my extended family it can also get pretty bad).

And has anyone asked what your favourite biscuit is yet?

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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