Rt. Hon Joan Ryan served as the Member of Parliament for Enfield North from 1997 to 2010 and from 2015 to 2019. She is not seeking re-election in the forthcoming General Election. Joan left the Labour Party in February 2019 and was a founding member of the Independent Group for Change.

During her time in Parliament, Joan was a member of the Speaker appointed Panel of Chairs in Parliament, chairing Public Bill Committees and Westminster Hall debates. She was a member of the last Labour Government, serving as an Assistant and Senior Government Whip (HM Treasury and Lord Commissioner) from 2002 to 2006. In May 2006, she was appointed a Minister in the Home Office. And from June 2007 to September 2008, Ms Ryan was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Cyprus.

Joan was Chair of Labour Friends of Israel from 2015 to 2019 and now serves as their Honorary President. Labour Friends of Israel is committed to a two-state solution with Israel living in peace with her neighbours and the establishment of a viable and democratic Palestinian state.