|The Right Honourable
|Member of Parliament
for Enfield North
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Timothy Eggar|
|Succeeded by||Nick de Bois|
8 September 1955 |
Joan Marie Ryan (born 8 September 1955, Warrington), a British politician, was the Labour member of Parliament for Enfield North between 1997 and 2010. She had previously been deputy leader of Barnet Council.
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Ryan went to St Joseph Secondary School and Notre Dame High School in the Warrington area. At the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education she gained a BA in history and sociology in 1979. In 1981, she gained an MSc in sociology from the Polytechnic of the South Bank. She worked as a teacher of Sociology and European Politics in Hammersmith. She worked as a freelance oral history interviewer for the Imperial War Museum for a period of three years in the mid-1980s.
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Ryan served as a local Labour Councillor for eight years. She was Chair of Policy and Finance and deputy leader of Barnet Council before being elected as Member of Parliament for Enfield North in the 1997 general election.
Ryan was parliamentary private secretary to Andrew Smith, as well as a senior whip. From 5 May 2006 to 29 June 2007, Ryan was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for nationality, citizenship and immigration at the Home Office, succeeding Andy Burnham. She had particular responsibility for ID cards and passports, the Forensic Science Service, refugee integration, E-borders, extradition and judicial cooperation, the Criminal Records Bureau, Home Office research and science, improving regulation, and design and green issues.
In the 2005 election she retained her seat with a slightly reduced majority.
Ryan's voting record includes support for the Iraq war and the introduction of ID cards.
Ryan supported Hazel Blears in the Labour party's 2007 deputy leadership election, Blears came sixth in the election. On 29 June, it was announced that the Prime Minister had appointed Ryan as Special Representative to Cyprus and as a Privy Counsellor.
She called for a leadership election to replace Gordon Brown as Labour Party leader. For this she was fired as Vice Chair of the Labour Party and Prime Minister's envoy to Cyprus on 14 September 2008.
Involvement in Expenses Scandal
In October 2007, the Evening Standard reported that Joan Ryan claimed £173,691 in expenses for the 2006/2007 tax year, the highest for any MP. She was the second highest claimant in the 2005/2006 tax year.
In May 2009, it was reported that Ryan had claimed more than £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance for work on a house she had designated as her second home. In February 2010, based on an audit report looking into the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121 mortgage interest.
In 2012, The Independent reported that "[a]t least 10 attempts have been made from computers in Parliament to remove information about [Ryan's] expenses claims and a further 20 efforts to delete the information, some from her constituency of Enfield, have also been recorded in Wikipedia's logs. The sustained effort has proved successful and there is now no mention of Ms Ryan's Parliamentary expenses on her Wikipedia page." Entries on the present page's edit history page indicate that similar edits to hide Ms. Ryan's record continue to be made.
Re-Selection as a Parliamentary Candidate
In March 2013, Ryan announced she was preparing to seek re-selection in the Enfield North constituency for the 2015 General Election. Her potential candidacy was met with displeasure from local activists who questioned if Ryan's high-profile problems with expenses claims may cause electoral problems.
In June 2013, Ryan was re-selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Enfield North constituency. However, her selection was not met with wide approval from within the local party - including the Chairman Viki Pite who said that she was "disappointed with the selection" as she felt a "fresh start" was needed. Since Ryan's reselection several constituents have written to her local paper, the Enfield Advertiser, suggesting that voters have not yet forgotten the revelations about her expenses in 2009.
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- Gordon Brown faces Labour revolt and possible leadership contest, By Jason Beattie, Daily Mirror, 13/09/2008
- Labour MP Joan Ryan sacked after open revolt against Gordon Brown, Daily Telegraph
- BBC. "General election 2010 results – Enfield North". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Cecil, Nicholas; Waugh, Paul; Murphy, Joe (26 October 2007). "Revealed: London MPs claiming £9m expenses". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- Leach, Ben; Jamieson, Alastair (17 May 2009). "Joan Ryan: expenses switch after £4,500 spend". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Crerar, Pippa (4 February 2010). "London MPs will lose second homes cash in expenses payback". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Pegg, David; Wright, Oliver (9 March 2012). "Who are the Commons moles changing Wikipedia entries?". The Independent (London).
- Fawkes, Guido (30 October 2014). "Labour Expenses Piggy’s Wikipedia Edited From Parliament". order-order.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "Man acquitted of harassing Enfield North MP Joan Ryan on grounds of insanity". Enfield Independent (Newsquest Media Group). 10 March 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "Election 2010: Joan Ryan, Labour Candidate for Enfield North". Enfield Independent (Newsquest Media). Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- http://www.enfield.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/2256/enfield_north_constituency= Constituency Statement
- Wilson, Peter (16 April 2011). "Referendum puts Nick Clegg in the crosshairs". The Australian.
- Fawkes, Guido (8 March 2013). "Labour Expenses Piggy Tries To Run Again". Guido Fawkes Blog.
- Leach, Ben (17 May 2009). "Joan Ryan: expenses switch after £4,500 spend". The Telegraph.
- Couvee, Koos (5 June 2013). "Former MP Joan Ryan accused of trying to influence elections at Labour AGM". The Enfield Advertiser.
- Couvee, Koos (24 June 2013). "Joan Ryan wins Labour Backing". The Enfield Advertiser.
- Mason, Rowena (24 June 2013). "Labour reselect Joan Ryan, former MP criticised over expenses". The Daily Telegraph.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Joan Ryan MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joan Ryan
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Joan Ryan MP
- Register of Members Interests for Joan Ryan
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Enfield North
Nick de Bois