Joan Ryan MP has challenged the government's derisory record on public service provision in Enfield.
The state of Enfield’s public services was the key issue on the doorstep during the general election campaign and, following my re-election, I used my first speech back in Parliament, to urge the Prime Minister to invest in the borough’s police, health services, schools and housing.
The wellbeing of our communities and the quality of life for local people depends upon the provision of good public services.
There is widespread support throughout Enfield for investment in our police, our hospitals, our schools, and housing, following years of Tory neglect. With the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the Government also has an obligation to provide proper resourcing and funding to cash-strapped local authorities. They need the wherewithal to carry out safety checks and make any and all changes required to ensure residents know and feel that they are safe in their tower blocks or in their low-rise accommodation.
Over the past few years we’ve shown what we can do as a community when we fight for our services. We’ve secured a commitment from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to bring back an extra police officer to every ward in Enfield this year to help fight knife crime and, in 2016, I launched a massive community campaign to save North Middlesex Hospital's A&E from possible, partial closure.
I will make sure the voices of local people are heard loud and clear by government ministers in Parliament. And, working with residents, I’ll continue to use every means at my disposal to protect our local services – I’ll always put Enfield first.
Watch my full speech below: