Member of Parliament Stella Creasy claims London bus driver ‘screamed’ and ‘kicked’ her with her two children because two prams were already on board
- Stella Creasy, 44, explained she was trying to get on the bus with ‘two struggling kids’
- Claimed she was ‘kicked off’ for having ‘already had two prams on it’
- Shared snap on Twitter with ‘large amount of space’ left on vehicle
Stella Creasy has claimed that she was “kicked out of” an empty bus by a driver because “it already had two prams on it.”
Walthamstow MP, 44, took Twitter and explained how she was “struggling with two kids,” one of whom was “extremely bad,” when she said she was “yelling at her.”
Alongside a photo of the inside of the bus, which appeared to have clear walkways, Stella wrote, “Well, that wasn’t fun. Just got kicked out of an empty bus by a bus driver because there were already two prams on it.
“If the bus is so empty and has so much space, as you can see, it can’t be TFL’s policy to do this, can it?!!”
The Labor MP – who has a two-year-old daughter, Hettie and welcomed a son earlier this year – has been a staunch advocate for better parental rights for MPs who combine work and family responsibilities.
Stella Creasy, 44, has claimed she was ‘kicked off’ from an empty bus by a driver because it had ‘already had two prams on it’. Pictured speaking in the House of Commons room, in London, with her newborn baby strapped to her on September 23, 2021
The Walthamstow rep shared a snap on Twitter that she says shows the ‘great amount of space’ on the vehicle (pictured)
Stella posted her anger on social media and tagged Heidi Alexander – Deputy Mayor of London for Transport – and Sadiq Khan in the post (pictured)
In response to her post, one of her social media followers asked, “Surely you had the old “do you know who I am?” can use. trick to get on board?’
Stella replied though: ‘Funnily enough I would never do that, but struggling with two kids, one extremely poor, and getting yelled at for just getting on the bus, not great.
“It also seems bizarre when a bus isn’t full to demand that someone get off – that’s why you want to know if TFL policy?!”
Stella tagged Heidi Alexander – Deputy Mayor of London for Transport – and London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the post.
The Walthamstow MP explained how she was “struggling with two children”, one of whom was “extremely bad”, when she said she was “yelling at her” (pictured)
TFL responded to Stella’s post, apologizing, saying, “Sorry you experienced this. Our policy is that you can board any London bus with a pushchair unless the driver thinks it’s too busy to travel safely’ (photo)
In response, TFL apologized and tweeted, “Sorry you experienced this. Our policy is that you can board any London bus with a pushchair unless the driver thinks it is too busy to travel safely.
‘Drivers may ask you to fold your buggy to make room for others. We follow up on the operator.’
In September, Stella was joined by her “impeccably-behaved” son in the Commons as she warned that new mothers would be “reprimanded” rather than supported when they return to parliament.
Cradling her young son as she rose to ask House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg a question on Thursday, the Labor MP demanded action for new parents in the House.
Earlier this year, MPs backed new legislation that entitles ministers to six months’ maternity leave with full pay, but no backbenchers.
After the birth of her first baby, Stella appointed a temporary deputy to handle her constituents’ questions, but was told she couldn’t go through with the same arrangement when her son was born.
Stella also made headlines in 2019 after appearing in the House of Commons with her then two-week-old daughter strapped to her chest in a sling.
The MP had to take an oath in parliament to gain access to her maternity leave and to ensure her voters in Walthamstow could still vote by proxy.