I love Enfield and the people who live here. There's no other place I would rather live and work. Joan Ryan MP
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 has always been working side-by-side with local people.
We know the difference a good, hard-working MP can make. Just look at Chase Farm Hospital.
Back in 1995 when the Tories were first planning to shut it down, I was there fighting. All the time I was your MP, I never let them downgrade our hospital. Of course, I didn’t do it on my own. I did it with thousands of local people.
Then, the minute the Conservatives got elected in Enfield North in 2010 and there wasn’t a Labour MP here to fight for local people, our hospital was downgraded. The A&E was shut. The maternity unit went. They changed it from a hospital with 500 beds to one with just 48 beds. But I didn’t walk away. I’d never do that. I stayed right here, in the community I live in and love.
Since I was re-elected in 2015 we’ve seen the difference an MP that puts local people first makes. As I warned, the closure of Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E tipped North Middlesex Hospital over the edge. Before long, ambulances were being diverted from there too, and they were planning to partially close it. But I would not let that happen. So I led another massive campaign – and we stopped the Tories doing to the North Middlesex what they’d already done to Chase Farm.
But that is not all we have achieved together, here are a few other highlights:
- Our children’s education: Before I became an MP, I was a teacher 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.
- More bobbies on the beat: For all of us, feeling safe in our homes and in our neighbourhoods is one of the most important things in life. As your Member of Parliament, I made sure that Enfield was one of the first places in the country to introduce police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams; putting visible community policing back where it belongs, at the heart of our communities.
- Honouring our Enfield heroes: Persuaded a local company to illuminate the war memorial on Windmill Hill and worked with local residents to get it cleaned up. Every year we gather there to remember the courage of so many people from Enfield who have served our country.
- Saving Forty Hall: In 1999 I led the successful community campaign to raise £42,000 and stop Forty Hall – the jewel in the crown of Enfield – from closing. This is one of the campaigns I am most proud of in all my time as your MP.
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 use my experience to fight for the things that matter to the people of Enfield.
With very best wishes,
PS – As always, if there’s ever anything I can help you with, just get in touch by calling 020 8804 4543 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.