- 2 Early political career
- 3 As an MP
- 4 Outside interests
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Stella Creasy was born in Sutton Coldfield. Her parents are Philip Creasy and Corinna (née Martin), both active Labour Party members; the former is an opera singer and the latter a teacher. She has aristocratic relations, q.v. Gort, Rotherwick, etc After spending the earlier years of her childhood in Manchester, the family moved to Colchester where she attended Colchester County High School for Girls, a grammar school.
After reading social and political sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge, she was awarded a PhD in social psychology in 2006 entitled Understanding the lifeworld of social exclusion, while working as a parliamentary researcher. She was the recipient of the Richard Titmuss Award for her psychologypapers. Creasy had failed the Eleven Plus, and had a second chance only because it coincided with her family's move south.
She is a former Waltham Forest councillor, having served as deputy mayor, chief whip and as mayor for four months. Creasy was also a member of theYoung Fabians and served on their executive. In 2009 she co-wrote a pamphlet for the Young Fabians called The New Progressives which also featured articles by Rachel Reeves.
Creasy was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Walthamstow. She was elected to parliament at the 2010 general election, succeeding Neil Gerrard who had retired. Ed Miliband appointed herShadow Minister for Crime Prevention.
Creasy has been active in campaigning for increased regulation of payday loans companies. In an article in The Guardian, she stated that six companies controlled lending to 90% of the seven million Britons who lacked a bank account or credit card. She claimed that the average cost of credit to these customers at 272% APR has led to cross-party support for a cap as in the rest of Europe and there has been a fourfold increase in payday loans since the start of the recession. In a debate in Parliament she noted the lack of competition in the market and asked for Government support to cap loans which exploited the poor, and in some cases reached 4000%. APR.
In 2012, a Wonga employee used company equipment to make offensive personal attacks on Creasy. Wonga made an "immediate and unreserved apology" after the attacks, and Creasy also requested that the firm promote a constituency event to help struggling families. According to the Guardian, a Wonga computer was used to edit the company Wikipedia entry using several accounts.
At the end of July 2013 on her Twitter timeline, in common with the feminist journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, Creasy received numerous rape threats and other misogynistic messages. The two women had first come into contact in connection with Criado-Perez's successful campaign for the Bank of England to feature a woman on the reverse of £10 bank notes.
Creasy wrote in an article published on 27 July: "Twitter tell me we should simply block those who 'offend us', as though a rape threat is matter of bad manners, not criminal behaviour." She also appeared on Newsnight on 30 July 2013 with Toby Young, the Conservative commentator, over the validity of addressing harassment on the social networking site. Young objects to Twitter's subsequent change in policy, the company: "shouldn't change its abuse policy in response to being brow-beaten by a politician", he has written. Peter Nunn has been charged with sending menacing messages, the case is pending.