Between 1997 and 2010, Joan Ryan pocketed thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money through MP expense claims. People are rightly still angry, embarrassed and ashamed at the way someone who was an elected representative for Enfield has behaved.

Despite living just 14 miles from Westminster, she claimed for a second home and furnishings for it. One of the worst MPs in the expenses scandal, she claimed for light bulbs, steak knives, curtains, gardening, pot pourri, scissors, a desk lamp, and the list goes on and on. While her constituents were all paying council tax, they were paying hers too.

It later emerged that a number of MPs had edited their Wikpedia pages to remove references to the expenses scandal.

The people of Enfield are owed an apology from Joan Ryan.

Tony Adams

Catisfield Road, Enfield