I love Enfield and the people who live here. There’s no other place I would rather live and work.

Joan Ryan MP

Message to constituents:

For so many years now, Enfield has been my home and I have had the honour of being Enfield North’s Member of Parliament from 1997-2010 and from 2015 onwards.

In all my years as your local MP, I’ve fought to make our area better, fought to make the lives of ordinary people better and campaigned to protect and enhance our vital local services.

Everything I’ve ever achieved for Enfield – from saving the North Mid A&E, securing new schools for Enfield, or making sure that Enfield was one of the first places in the country to introduce Safer Neighbourhoods Teams – has always been through working side-by-side with local people.

I know that by continuing to work together we can achieve so much more.

I promise to carry on campaigning with my team, listening to local people and using my experience to fight for the things that matter to the people of Enfield.

Biography:

I was born in 1955 and grew up in Warrington. My Mum and Dad both came from Ireland. They faced discrimination but were absolutely determined to make a better future for me and my sisters.

Before I became an MP, I was a teacher for 14 years, working in schools across London, so making sure our children get the best possible start in life is something I’m passionate about. As your MP, I’ve secured new and better schools in Enfield, including Oasis Academy and Keys Meadow Primary School.

I was a local Councillor for 8 years and served as Deputy Leader of Barnet Council for 3 years.

I have also served as Chair of the charity Riders for Health, which worked to ensure health workers in Africa can access reliable transportation to reach isolated people. As the former Chief Executive of the Global Tamil Forum, I campaigned for a lasting and just peace in Sri Lanka. In addition, I have worked as a training consultant strengthening democracy and parliamentary procedures with a number of organisations.

In Parliament:

In June 2007, I was appointed a member of the Privy Council. I am a current member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs in Parliament, chairing Public Bill Committees and Westminster Hall debates. I am also the Parliamentary Chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, which is committed to a two-state solution with Israel living in peace with her neighbours and the establishment of a viable and democratic Palestinian state.

I served as an Assistant and Senior Government Whip from 2002 to 2006. In May 2006, I was appointed a Minister in the Home Office. From June 2007 to September 2008, I was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Cyprus.