“Don’t Mourn, Organise” – Stella Creasy Has A Vision We Can All Agree On
With the leadership election slowly drawing to its inevitable Corbynite conclusion, it could be argued that the mass hysteria surrounding Jeremy Corbyn has overshadowed what has been a fantastic deputy leadership contest. One of my many criticisms of the majority of the leadership candidates was that they seemed to be inept at talking about their own visions, policies and ideas and were content offering patronising soundbites to grassroots members who felt disillusioned by the status quo within the Labour Party machine. This can not be said of my deputy candidate of choice; Stella Creasy.
There is not a doubt in my mind that my politics could be considered notably different to that of Stella Creasy’s in some but not all policy areas, but what we do have in common is a new, modern vision for the Labour Party which everybody could get behind, whether you’re a staunch left-winger or a member of Progress. It’s obvious to see that the reason Jeremy Corbyn is doing so well is that he’s inspired a mass movement of people drawing from not only pre-2015 Labour Party ranks, but new members who were once put off by the machine politics Labour has espoused for so long. Creasy also understands that building an effective campaigning organisation which brings people together is imperative for our future success. Speaking on her Reddit AMA, she said that she’d like to put “real power and money into grassroots campaigning” and committed to a matched funding scheme so that they could revitalise Labour as a movement, not a machine.
Unity for our movement doesn’t mean we have to think the same, but it does mean using our collective strength to make a difference for those who need and depend on us to fight for a better future for them and their families.
Some of the campaigns Stella Creasy has successfully embarked on in recent times further accentuate why she should be at the heart of the Labour Party. Her campaign against payday lenders such as Wonga gained cross-party support, as well as bringing together factions of the Labour Party that sadly seem so far apart this summer. In addition to this, she’s campaigned tirelessly for the police to take Twitter intimidation seriously in an age where abuse is a daily occurance for many. These are just a couple of examples of how Creasy has brought together different factions of the Labour Party as well as people outside of it to bring issues which affect so many people into the public spotlight. A more recent example of Creasy’s ability to mobilise grassroots members stems from the deputy campaign itself, where she’s held frequent campaign ‘bootcamps’ to bring Labour Party activists together over the summer to work to tackle some of the biggest issues we face right now. Despite all of this, it is not only her formidable campaigning skills that make her a strong online presence. Her following on Twitter is currently approaching 63,000 people, and there is something endearing about an MP who actually chats with followers about pretty much anything. Whether she’s hyping a new indie band or taking part in the ‘best biscuit of all time’ debate, the ‘human’ trait that eludes so many politicians is refreshing and becoming increasingly important in a social media generation.
Whilst some leadership candidates and MPs are sniping at each other on the sidelines, it’s inspiring to see Creasy going out of her way to train and motivate hundreds of activists across the country. The ‘fire in the belly’ attitude that has encompassed Stella Creasy throughout her political career is exactly what the Labour Party is crying out for.