Ms Ryan was joined by special guest Margaret Hodge, who has represented Barking in Parliament since 1994, as well as other Labour parliamentary candidates, councillors, Party members and supporters at a packed election rally at Celbic Hall - the Enfield North Labour Party’s headquarters - on Sunday 12th April.Endorsing Joan Ryan’s campaign Ms Hodge told the audience that “Joan cares passionately about the area and has always put Enfield first. She is the best campaigner I have met in the Labour Party and has a record to be proud of in helping the local community on important issues such as campaigning to protect Chase Farm Hospital and getting new schools built.
At this election we face a stark choice. Another five years of the Tories prioritising tax cuts for the rich, putting our public services at risk and privatising our National Health Service. Or voting for a Labour Government that will make Britain work for everyone, not just a privileged few, and will protect the NHS, by putting patients before profits.
We cannot form a Labour Government without winning marginal seats like, here, in Enfield North. We need Joan back as the constituency MP working tirelessly on behalf of the community and helping Labour to build a better future for our country – one that works for all families in Enfield and across the UK.”
Joan also gave a speech, which set out her better plan for Enfield, and stressed the hard work that needs to be done over the next few weeks, by her and Party supporters, to secure an election victory for Labour on May 7th.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, said:
“It is a privilege to be standing again as the Labour candidate for Enfield North.
We are now only three and a half weeks away from polling day on May 7th and it is going to be the closest election for many years – so much is at stake.
I know that for lots of people in Enfield, the last few years have been really tough. Many people are working harder, for longer and for less. The Tories so called economic recovery has benefitted only a few at the top – including tax cuts for millionaires – whilst the average family in Enfield is £1,600 a year worse off compared to five years ago. Opportunities for our young people to get a secure career, get a foot on the housing ladder and build a life for themselves seem much harder to come by. And our NHS is under real pressure, especially since the closure of our Accident and Emergency department and maternity unit at Chase Farm Hospital in 2013. That’s despite the Tories explicitly promising to keep them open before the last election.
The people of Enfield deserve so much better than this. I promise to stand by Chase Farm Hospital for our community and stop the Tories' privatisation of our NHS. I will make life better for working families in Enfield by increasing the minimum wage to £8 by 2020, banning exploitative zero hours contracts and freezing energy prices until 2017, so that bills can only fall but not rise. I will ensure Enfield's next generation do better than the last, by guaranteeing an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades and cutting tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000. And I will make housing more affordable for people in Enfield by supporting Labour's plans to build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and capping excessive rent rises for people that rent.
I’ll always put Enfield first. If I am elected on Thursday 7th May, I will work every day to repay the trust the voters place in me and I will campaign hard for improvements in our area and for the local people of Enfield.”