Articles by Joan Ryan
Joan Ryan is member of parliament for Enfield North and chair of Labour Friends of Israel

The Livingstone verdict cannot rest

Joan Ryan MP  |  5 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn must prove that pronouncements about zero tolerance towards antisemitism are more than just words, argues Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP Despite being found guilty of bringing Labour into disrepute, Ken Livingstone was apparently saved from expulsion because of his long service to the party. Let’s be clear: Livingstone has an …

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Are we ready?

Joan Ryan MP  |  14 March 2017

The Labour leadership says the party is on a general election footing. Joan Ryan examines the claim   Just a few days ago, an important deadline passed. By 20 February 2017 potential Conservative candidates had to put their names forward for the initial process of selecting parliamentary candidates in 44 seats. If any further confirmation was needed, this …

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A fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Joan Ryan MP  |  18 January 2017

We need an international fund to bring a lasting peace to both sides of the Green Line, writes Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP The fact that neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives were present at last weekend’s Paris peace conference tells you everything you need to know about the flawed approach of the international …

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In search of the ‘New Turkey’

Joan Ryan MP  |  15 August 2016

Two years ago, in the build-up to the country’s presidential elections, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke of creating a ‘New Turkey’, founded upon a new constitution. He promised to strengthen democracy, resolve the Kurdish issue and work towards ensuring Turkey’s accession to the European Union. Since these pledges were made, two parliamentary elections have been held …

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Much, much more to do to win in 2020

Joan Ryan MP  |  7 May 2016

My constituency now has a Labour member of parliament, a Labour council, a Labour assembly member with a remarkable 50,000 majority, and – for the first time in eight years – a Labour mayor of London. Together, on issues like housing, policing and community safety, and transport there is much that we can and will …

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Antisemitism cannot go unchallenged

Joan Ryan MP  |  4 March 2016

Free speech and robust debate have long been at the heart of Britain’s universities. Whether it be on campus or in the classroom, nobody should go to university and not expect to hear the beliefs and ideas they have grown up with challenged, tested and possibly ridiculed. That is all part of the experience of being …

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Lasting peace has to be built on the twin pillars of coexistence

Joan Ryan MP  |  15 October 2015

The terrorist attacks which have occurred over the past two weeks in Israel have been truly shocking. To take just three examples of these senseless acts of violence: yesterday a 70-year-old woman was stabbed while sitting on a bus in central Jerusalem. Days earlier, a child was stabbed while riding his bicycle. Last week, a …

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Suburban swingers

Joan Ryan MP  |  30 August 2012

As Philip Gould put it, the suburbs are not ‘places with great political traditions and dramatic folklore’. Most people who live in the suburbs aren’t interested in politics in the way most Westminster insiders would understand it. What they care about is what politics means for them, their family and their community. In 1997 we …

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The hidden majority myth

Joan Ryan MP  |  28 May 2012

Targeting only former Liberal Democrat voters is a recipe for failure, explains Joan Ryan At this year’s local elections the Liberal Democrats suffered another string of humiliating defeats, with their councillor base reduced to below 3,000 for the first time in their history. But Labour cannot afford to take too much comfort from the demise …

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The BNP and AV

Joan Ryan MP  |  22 February 2011

Labour No to AV director Joan Ryan responds to YouGov president Peter Kellner's article in the last edition of Progress

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