- Joan Ryan
The Right Honourable
name = Joan Ryan
constituency_MP = Enfield North
majority = 1,920 (4.7%)
1 May 1997
birth_date = Birth date and age|1955|09|8|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Labour
Joan Marie Ryan (born
8 September 1955, Warrington) is a politician in the United Kingdom. She is member of Parliamentfor Enfield North, and is a member of the Labour Party. She was first elected in 1997, and had previously been deputy leader of Barnet Council.
She went to St Joseph Secondary School and Notre Dame High School in the Warrington area. At the City of Liverpool College on "Huyton Lane" in
Prescot, 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 Religious Education in Hammersmith.
5 May 2006, until 29 June 2007Ryan was Parliamentary Under Secretary of Statefor 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.
Prior to that Ryan had been a parliamentary private secretary to Andrew Smith, as well as a senior whip. She lives in her Enfield North constituency. Ms Ryan has raised the issue of rail links from Enfield into central London, recently securing an Adjournment Debate with the minister responsible. In the 2005 election she retained her seat with a slightly reduced majority.
Ms Ryan's voting record includes strong support for Iraq war, ID cards. She has campaigned to keep Chase Farm Hospital open and more recently campaigned to keep open a 24 hour local A&E.
Hazel Blearsin 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 Cyprusand as a Privy Counsellor.
She has called for a leadership election to replace Gordon Brown as Labour Party leader. [ [http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/09/13/gordon-brown-faces-labour-revolt-and-possible-leadership-contest-115875-20734972/ Gordon Brown faces Labour revolt and possible leadership contest] , By Jason Beattie,
Daily Mirror, 13/09/2008] For this she was fired as Vice Chair of the Labour Party amd Prime Minister's envoy to Cypruson 14th September 2008. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/2910614/Labour-MP-Joan-Ryan-sacked-after-open-revolt-against-Gordon-Brown.html Labour MP Joan Ryan sacked after open revolt against Gordon Brown] , Daily Telegraph]
She married Martin and they have a son and daughter. She was previously married.
* [http://www.joanryan.net Her website]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-4580,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Joan Ryan MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/joan_ryan/enfield_north TheyWorkForYou.com - Joan Ryan MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=10523 Register of Members Interests for Joan Ryan]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/237.stm BBC Politics]
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