Stella Judith Creasy (born 5 April 1977) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for the London constituency of Walthamstow since the 2010 general election.
She served in the frontbench teams of Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman from 2011 to 2015. Following the Labour Party's defeat at the 2015 general election, Creasy stood in the Labour Party deputy leadership election, finishing second to Tom Watson. She was a critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Corbyn in the 2016 leadership election.
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- Hogwarts gone wrong.
- Describing the Westminster parliament, cited in Esther Addley "Stella Creasy: 'New politics? I’m still waiting for that to happen'" The Guardian (1 November 2015).
- What the police have said, literally, is: "If we recorded it, we will have to do something about it." And you think, yes, that’s absolutely the point.
- We now need the data to know the extent of what is happening, and what we are hearing from police who are doing it is that it transforms the way they deal with violence against women, because it makes the link between misogyny and violence.
- Cited in Andrew Sparrow "Labour mayors back plan to make police record misogyny as hate crime" The Guardian (5 July 2020)
- On Creasy's proposed amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill which would mean police forces would need to record misogyny as a factor in criminal acts.
- [W]e know from police trials that classifying misogyny as a hate crime can encourage women to come forward, about domestic abuse, rape, forced marriages – there are lots of examples of how it can make a difference. All the evidence shows that this can make a difference. For comparison, there is a requirement to say if skin colour is a reason for why someone has been targeted.
There are so many crimes that women have internalised. We have asked women to find ways of coping rather than asking the police to intervene and stop it.
- Quoted by Susannah Butter "Stella Creasy: ‘There has never been a more important time to change the culture so women can feel safe’" Evening Standard (London, 16 March 2021).
- Known as Amendment 84, it was withdrawn after debate.
- Why do we think motherhood should be about sacrifice in some way – that every mother should be a martyr? I don’t want to be a martyr – I just want to be a good mum and a good MP.
- Cited in Gaby Hinsliff "Stella Creasy on her lonely maternity cover battle: ‘Women should be able to have kids and do politics’" The Guardian (30 October 2021)
- In the context of Creasy's campaign for maternity cover for female MPs.
- [W]e should all welcome the protection from sex-based harassment in a public bill. It echoes the way that hate crime legislation penalises those who target certain groups based on their identity, by using an existing offence used to prosecute harassment – from the Public Order Act 1986 – and applying a harsher sentence to those whose motivation is shown to be about the sex or perceived sex of their victim. It is the first time the statute book will recognise how misogyny drives crimes against women.
Yet, as ever, nothing is straightforward. Public order offences allow the accused to claim a defence that they thought their behaviour was "reasonable", even if no one else would. This contrasts with other legislation that also covers harassment in English law, and only allows a defendant to claim their behaviour is reasonable if others would agree; that they "ought to know" if their conduct was unacceptable. Without changing this element of the forthcoming public harassment bill to be consistent with how harassment operates elsewhere, this new law – while well-intentioned – risks giving perpetrators the opportunity to claim "she just can’t take a compliment" as an actual defence to a criminal offence.
- "Thousands of men harass women and say it was a compliment. Don’t let them get away with it" The Guardian (21 February 2023)
- "[D]on't feed the trolls" misses the point: if someone is obsessing about you to the point they are seeking out those around you, ignoring them won't disrupt their behaviour before it causes more damage.
- "My harasser reported me to social services. I got him convicted", The Times (4 December 2023)
- A harasser had made malicious communications to agencies like social services about Stella Creasy and her family. He was convicted under anti-stalking legislation Creasy had helped to draft.