Stella Creasy MP has discussed the need for better Sex Education and spoke about examples of why young people need it more so than ever.

She was speaking at National Student Pride at the University of Westminster on February 25th on the Attitude Sex Education Panel.

During the panel, Creasy spoke about the desperate need for Sex Education, going on to explain that ‘Jimmy Saville should teach us that exploitation of young people has been around for decades’.

Jimmy Savile & Sex ed not replacing parents:
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Stella Creasy "After looking at Female condoms, I can never look at a plastic bag in the same way again"
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  • “There’s been a general acceptance that we do need to change this but a reluctance to actually get on and change it”
  • “Jimmy Saville should teach us that exploitation of young people has been around for decades”
  • “You can be the best parent in the world, but if your kid is walking into a playground or using a chat room where other people haven’t been taught to value consent or value equality then they are just at risk”
  • “I remember waking up as someone waved a female condom in front of my face. I haven’t looked at a plastic bag the same way since.”
  • “Don’t just hashtag it. Go and talk about it.”
  • “Something is going very badly wrong in how we are supporting young people in making the best choices about their bodies, about their relationships.”

The topic was discussed alongside Olly Alexander, Chair of the panel Cliff Joannou, Deborah Gold of National Aids Trust and Head of Education at Diversity Role models Gemma Curtis.

This is what Olly Alexander had to say on the panel.

On the level of need for better sex education, Creasy explained that it was ‘very badly wrong’ that we’re not supporting young people. As a personal example, she shared a story of how after being introduced to a female condom for the first time she ‘hasn’t looked at a plastic bag the same since’.

The panel talked about people’s efforts to get better Sex Education and Stella Creasey went on to agree that whilst there is ‘a general acceptance’ that we do need Sex Education, however, unfortunately, there is a ‘reluctance to actually get on and change it’.  

In a more comical moment, she also spoke about female condoms, explaining that after being shown one for the first time she ‘hasn’t looked at a plastic bag the same way since’.

In an important piece of advice to young people, she explained “Don’t just hashtag it. Go and talk about it”.

Stella Creasy is currently campaigning on ammendements to the Children and Social Work Bill going through parliament.

Listen to the full panel here:

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The rest of the event

Careers Fair

The proudest aspect of our event is the careers fair, which keeps the daytime event free and is now the largest LGBT student Careers Fair in the UK. Last year, EY, Google, IBM and Clifford Chance took on graduates they interviewed and met at the event. Already confirmed are Ford, Santander, Fujitsu, RAF, RBS, Teach First, Ditch the Label and Intel engineering We have already exceeded last year’s roster of 55.  Follow our social media for more big announcements of stalls. (@StudentPride)


National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2017 by EY for the seventh consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “EY are proud to be the Platinum sponsor for National Student Pride 2017, a partnership we have built and maintained for the last seven years. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unerring and the event allows us to connect with young LGBT talent in an environment of respect and opportunity. It’s important for us to show the next generation that they will be able to be themselves in the workplace. Last year thousands of the students from across the UK attended the event and we are excited to meet even more in February at the Careers Fair. We look forward to the whole weekend festival of events, including the ever popular series of discussions.”

National Student Pride is sponsored by

Platinum: EY

Gold: Clifford Chance, 02

Silver: Aviva, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GE Capital, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group, Thomson Reuters, The adidas Group

Titanium: Balfour Beatty, BDO, GSK, Google, EDF Energy


The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 as a response to the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. Student Pride continues this mantra in its 12th year choosing to hold its 2017 event at on campus because the fight Students face remains just as prevalent, if not more complex, than when we first began.

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