This site is dedicated to achieving one thing: an apology from ex-MP Joan Ryan.
It is run by people from all parties – and none – who are either angry, embarrassed or ashamed of the way someone who was an elected representative for Enfield has behaved. We may have different political views but we all have one thing in common – people in Enfield are owed an apology from Joan Ryan.
Between 1997 and 2010, Joan Ryan pocketed thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money through MP expense claims.
Despite living just 14 miles from Westminster, she claimed for a second home and furnishings for it. Joan Ryan then designated her Enfield house as her “second home”, known as “flipping”, which allowed her to claim expenses for furnishing that property too.
One of the worst MPs in the expenses scandal, in the pursuit of her duties as a Member of Parliament, she claimed for light bulbs, steak knives, curtains, gardening, pot pourri, scissors, desk lamp… not to mention hundreds of pounds in petty cash… the list goes on and on. While her constituents were all paying council tax, they were paying hers too.
Joan Ryan was one of the MPs who voted in Parliament to try and keep MPs’ expenses secret.
It later emerged that a number of MPs had edited their Wikpedia pages to remove references to the MPs’ expenses scandal. The Independent reported, “One of the most persistent and successful attempts to edit information was made by Joan Ryan”.
Joan Ryan was made to repay £5,000 in mortgage interest. But she has never apologised for the cynical and disgraceful manner in which she rinsed the taxpayer and helped bring British politics to an all-time low.
And now she’s asking for your vote again after being selected as the Labour Party’s candidate for Enfield North despite her record on expenses.
Do you think Joan Ryan should apologise? We do, too.