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Joan Ryan MP has expressed her disappointment over Theresa May's failure to visit Chase Farm Hospital, during her visit to Enfield North, and apologise for the Conservative's broken promises on the NHS.

I’m deeply disappointed that the Prime Minister failed to visit Chase Farm Hospital, during her visit to Enfield North today, and say sorry to the people of Enfield for the Conservatives’ broken promises on the NHS.

The last Conservative Government and the former local MP, Nick de Bois, shut Chase Farm’s A&E and maternity services in 2013, despite promising to keep them open. We were promised an increase in primary care funding, but people in Enfield who need to see a GP are facing an acute appointments crisis.

The government’s broken promises have left our NHS on its knees. And the huge pressure placed upon our health services has meant local hospitals have struggled to cope with the increased workload, as we saw last summer at North Mid.

Local residents deserve an apology from the Prime Minister and they also deserve an MP who will fight their corner and stand up for the vital services upon which they rely.  I refused to allow Chase Farm to close during all my years as the MP and I’m proud to have worked with local residents to save North Middlesex Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department from partial closure.

I’ll always put Enfield first. I work hard every day to repay the trust the voters have placed in me and I will continue to campaign hard for improvements to our public services, our area and for the people of Enfield.

Prime Minister fails to apologise to the people of Enfield for Conservative's broken promises on NHS

Joan Ryan MP has expressed her disappointment over Theresa May's failure to visit Chase Farm Hospital, during her visit to Enfield North, and apologise for the Conservative's broken promises on...

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The terrible events on Wednesday shocked us all - my thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends.

I pay tribute to the bravery of PC Keith Palmer who died whilst doing his duty - protecting our city and our democracy.

As Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said yesterday: "when Londoners face adversity we always pull together. We stand up for our values and our way of life. We stand together."

I very much appreciate all of the kind words, messages and best wishes that I have received from constituents over the past 48 hours.

Thank you.

Joan Ryan MP statement following Westminster Attack

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Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to revise its school funding proposals, which fail to address the financial pressures facing Enfield's schools.

Read my submission to the Secretary of State for Education here.

Supporting our local schools and better opportunities for Enfield’s young people is one of my key priorities.

It is clear from the series of meetings I have held with headteachers and staff from schools in Enfield North and from the representations I have received from concerned parents that our community is facing a difficult and damaging funding settlement.

In my submission to the government’s consultations on the National Funding Formula (NFF) and high needs funding formula, I urged the Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon Justine Greening, to revise the current proposals. School funding across the board must be levelled up, not down. The NFF and high needs funding formula must recognise and address the financial pressures that schools in Enfield North are currently facing.

In addition, I recently met with the Minister for School Standards, Rt. Hon Nick Gibb MP, to make representations and raise our concerns about the effect of the government’s proposals on schools in Enfield.

As I am sure you are aware, schools in Enfield, and across the UK, are facing a number of budgetary pressures already - from significant increases in employer National Insurance and pension contributions to unfunded pay rises for staff, and from cuts to local government services to a growing number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – which are not even addressed by the NFF.

Even after accounting for the impact of the government’s NFF proposals, a significant number of mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) schools in Enfield North, and across the borough, will be put into a position that is financially unsustainable and could seriously compromise education standards.

Despite management of all unavoidable cost pressures through careful planning and effective use of resources, many schools are being forced to make a number of difficult decisions, such as cutting their numbers of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, increasing class sizes and reducing investment in teaching equipment and continuous personal development (CPD). All of these issues are having a disproportionate effect on pupils, especially those with the highest educational needs.

This situation is unacceptable and I will continue to campaign for schools in Enfield to be given a fair deal.

If you have any concerns about education funding or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Joan Ryan MP's submission to the Secretary of State for Education is below.

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Joan Ryan MP slams Government’s education funding formula

Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to revise its school funding proposals, which fail to address the financial pressures facing Enfield's schools.


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