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Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to urgently review of 16-to-19 education and increase investment in sixth form education.

The future success of our country relies on our young people getting the best education that we can give them - especially with Brexit looming large in front of us.

I know from having visited almost every school and college in Enfield North that many head teachers are being forced into taking drastic measures to balance their books. Extra-curricular activities on offer to 16 to 19-year-olds are being cut, the range of subjects on offer for A-levels and vocational training curriculums is being reduced, and the retention and recruitment of teachers and support staff is proving ever more difficult, as pay is held down.

It is students in Enfield and elsewhere who are paying the price for the Government’s misguided funding policy. Sixth-formers have also suffered from a sustained period of under-investment in comparison with other students in full-time education. They are being short-changed.

As recommended by the Support Our Sixth-formers campaign, the Government must conduct an urgent review of 16-to-19 education and increase investment in sixth form education.

Joan Ryan MP calls on the Government to invest in 16-19 education

Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to urgently review of 16-to-19 education and increase investment in sixth form education.

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Joan Ryan MP has visited the North Enfield Foodbank and met with Trussell Trust volunteers.

It was great to visit the North Enfield Foodbank, run by the Trussell Trust, and to meet so many volunteers. I pay tribute to the immensely valuable work that they do.

It is shocking that, according to the latest research by the Trust, Enfield now has the fourth highest foodbank usage in London. That is not a record of which the Government can be proud, as their policies are widening the gap significantly between rich and poor and driving so many children into abject poverty.

I am working with organisations like the Trussell Trust to highlight the scale of this issue and to ensure that children in Enfield have access to nutritious food 365 days a year.

Find out more here: https://northenfield.foodbank.org.uk/

Joan Ryan MP visits North Enfield Foodbank

Joan Ryan MP has visited the North Enfield Foodbank and met with Trussell Trust volunteers.

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Joan Ryan MP has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime.

I have joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime, a cross-party campaign in Parliament to tackle knife crime. 

APPGs are groups run by and for Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords and are important forums for discussion and debate on many different issues. The APPG on Knife Crime aims to bring together anti-knife crime community campaigners, politicians and the police, in order to combat the scourge of knife crime.

In my first speech back in Parliament, I urged the Government to do more to tackle the growing problem of knife crime in Enfield. It’s vital we focus both on prevention, through better education about the consequences of carrying knives, on detection, with more visible policing, including introducing a new, responsible stop and search policy of youths suspected of carrying knives.

While the Government drags its feet, Sadiq Khan – the Mayor of London – has already answered my calls with his tough, new knife crime strategy. His plan includes measures to target lawbreakers, keep deadly weapons off our streets, and protect and educate young people. Mayor Sadiq Khan has also agreed to fund the first 21 of the 183 bobbies on the beat that the Tories have cut from Enfield’s streets. I will be meeting with him soon to discuss how we can further increase the number of police officers and community support officers in Enfield.

I’ve also met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, to talk about how we reduce knife crime. We’ve secured new body cameras for our police in Enfield to make stop and search more accountable to our communities, and thus more effective. Enfield police has a special anti-knife crime scheme called Operation Bremont and I’ll continue to work with them, with local residents and other agencies to keep our neighbourhoods safe. An important part of this is making sure our police are accessible to the public when they need them, so the news Enfield Police station is under threat of closure due to Government cuts to the Met Police is very concerning. I’ve already made urgent representations to the Home Secretary, demanding the Government give the Met the resources they need to safeguard our services.

Joan Ryan MP joins cross-party group to tackle knife crime

Joan Ryan MP has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime.


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