Loan firm Wonga to help promote finance fair as apology for web insults directed at Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy

MP Stella Creasy

MP Stella Creasy

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A LOAN firm has agreed to help publicise a family finances event organised by Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy after one of its staff was apparently caught attacking her anonymously on the internet.

Wonga.com has apologised after messages were posted on Twitter calling Ms Creasy "mental" and a "raving self-publicist".

The Labour member has gained national prominence as a fierce critic of payday lenders and has been waging a campaign for new legislation for a limit on the fees so-called 'legal loan sharks' charge.

Following the Twitter controversy Wonga said it would help leaflet residents in the borough about Ms Creasy's 'Free Family Finances Fair'.

It takes place on Saturday (November 24) between 10.30am and 4pm at Mission Grove School in Buxton Road, Walthamstow.

She said: "This practical event is to help local people get the best deals they can on their utility bills as well as advice on job hunting, housing, our local credit union and how to manage debt.

"Over twenty organisations will be represented and there's lots of fun things for children to do too including facepainting and the toy library.

"Together we can defend Walthamstow from falling into a spiral of debt as living costs rise and keep these predatory pay day loan companies at bay".

A spokeswoman for Wonga said: "I can confirm that we have been happy to help Stella Creasy promote the family finance fair this weekend.

"As far as I understand we are helping her print and distribute leaflets".

Ms Creasy has accused payday loan firms of charging "extortionate" fees which can have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable people in society.


Wonga charges a typical annual rate of 4,214 per cent on its loans, but says the figure is misleading because it never lends cash for more than a month.

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1:00pm Fri 23 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Drop a few leaflets? How big of them.

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Drop a few leaflets? How big of them. - NDevoto
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3:36pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Like sleeping with the enemy. Hope she does not accept it.

Like taking tax advice from Starbucks, tell them where to go.
Like sleeping with the enemy. Hope she does not accept it. Like taking tax advice from Starbucks, tell them where to go. Cornbeefur
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8:21pm Fri 23 Nov 12

The Stowaway says...

If you take the trouble to log on to Stella Creasy's Twitter page (always good for a laugh), you will see that indeed she did request help from Wonga, she states...."Wonga apologise (appreciated) have asked them as gesture of goodwill 2 promote E17 Family Finance Fair....Honestly you couldn't make it up, but this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall, and only last night asked someone to inform a school meeting she was attending that she would be late, Er ever thought of making a phone call to the appropriate people yourself darling? So I look forward to seeing Mission Grove school decked out in Wonga banners tomorrow morning while Stella dons the old ladies costume. So who actually informed her that the phrases mental and self publicist were in fact derogatory terms, well who knows, she certainly couldn't have worked it out herself.
If you take the trouble to log on to Stella Creasy's Twitter page (always good for a laugh), you will see that indeed she did request help from Wonga, she states...."Wonga apologise (appreciated) have asked them as gesture of goodwill 2 promote E17 Family Finance Fair....Honestly you couldn't make it up, but this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall, and only last night asked someone to inform a school meeting she was attending that she would be late, Er ever thought of making a phone call to the appropriate people yourself darling? So I look forward to seeing Mission Grove school decked out in Wonga banners tomorrow morning while Stella dons the old ladies costume. So who actually informed her that the phrases mental and self publicist were in fact derogatory terms, well who knows, she certainly couldn't have worked it out herself. The Stowaway
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10:32pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

The Stowaway wrote:
If you take the trouble to log on to Stella Creasy's Twitter page (always good for a laugh), you will see that indeed she did request help from Wonga, she states...."Wong
a apologise (appreciated) have asked them as gesture of goodwill 2 promote E17 Family Finance Fair....Honestly you couldn't make it up, but this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall, and only last night asked someone to inform a school meeting she was attending that she would be late, Er ever thought of making a phone call to the appropriate people yourself darling? So I look forward to seeing Mission Grove school decked out in Wonga banners tomorrow morning while Stella dons the old ladies costume. So who actually informed her that the phrases mental and self publicist were in fact derogatory terms, well who knows, she certainly couldn't have worked it out herself.
Well, if she does then she has truly sold her soul, I will not believe that even a Labour MP would do such.

She would have more credibility if she stood up and shouted 'I will not be bought!?'
[quote][p][bold]The Stowaway[/bold] wrote: If you take the trouble to log on to Stella Creasy's Twitter page (always good for a laugh), you will see that indeed she did request help from Wonga, she states...."Wong a apologise (appreciated) have asked them as gesture of goodwill 2 promote E17 Family Finance Fair....Honestly you couldn't make it up, but this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall, and only last night asked someone to inform a school meeting she was attending that she would be late, Er ever thought of making a phone call to the appropriate people yourself darling? So I look forward to seeing Mission Grove school decked out in Wonga banners tomorrow morning while Stella dons the old ladies costume. So who actually informed her that the phrases mental and self publicist were in fact derogatory terms, well who knows, she certainly couldn't have worked it out herself.[/p][/quote]Well, if she does then she has truly sold her soul, I will not believe that even a Labour MP would do such. She would have more credibility if she stood up and shouted 'I will not be bought!?' Cornbeefur
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9:57pm Sun 25 Nov 12

skealey says...

"this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall"

The Stowaway, you forgot to mention the fact that she also phoned 999.

Do you have a problem with her asking her 20,000 followers for help in a medical emergency, darling?
"this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall" The Stowaway, you forgot to mention the fact that she also phoned 999. Do you have a problem with her asking her 20,000 followers for help in a medical emergency, darling? skealey
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2:49pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Walthamster says...

skealey wrote:
"this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall"

The Stowaway, you forgot to mention the fact that she also phoned 999.

Do you have a problem with her asking her 20,000 followers for help in a medical emergency, darling?
A few contributors to local sites have a major problem with Stella Creasy being young, competent, successful and (worst of all) female, Skealey. Nothing she does could please them. Luckily, the work she does is recognised by many others. (And I say that as someone who thought I would never vote Labour again.)
[quote][p][bold]skealey[/bold] wrote: "this does come from a woman who uses Twitter to request help for a collapsed woman in The Mall" The Stowaway, you forgot to mention the fact that she also phoned 999. Do you have a problem with her asking her 20,000 followers for help in a medical emergency, darling?[/p][/quote]A few contributors to local sites have a major problem with Stella Creasy being young, competent, successful and (worst of all) female, Skealey. Nothing she does could please them. Luckily, the work she does is recognised by many others. (And I say that as someone who thought I would never vote Labour again.) Walthamster
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2:54pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Robert19 says...

Quite right Walthamster. I admire her cheek in getting Wonga to cough up some blood money and get a lot of wonderful publicity from the stupidity of one of their employees. There' was a one page spread about her in Sunday's Observer.
I am saddened how much sexist nonsense is directed at women politicians of any Party. One example recently was of Sarah Teather of the Lib Dems - awful online comments about her appearance. What are these people frightened of??
Quite right Walthamster. I admire her cheek in getting Wonga to cough up some blood money and get a lot of wonderful publicity from the stupidity of one of their employees. There' was a one page spread about her in Sunday's Observer. I am saddened how much sexist nonsense is directed at women politicians of any Party. One example recently was of Sarah Teather of the Lib Dems - awful online comments about her appearance. What are these people frightened of?? Robert19
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