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London Assembly Liberal Democrats will hold the Mayor of London to account

Caroline Pidgeon AM and Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members

The Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group: Caroline Pidgeon and Stephen Knight

The London Assembly Liberal Democrats have recommitted to holding the Mayor of London to account over the next four years. An agreement has been made between with the Labour and Green London Assembly Groups to share power in the operation of the Assembly.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

"Now more than ever it is vital that the performance of the Mayor and the GLA's Functional Bodies are scrutinised in depth and held to account. This agreement is based entirely around achieving that objective."

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Recent news and updates

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and policing spokesperson, commenting on today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on how the Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with budget pressures said:

    "The overall judgment given to the Met Police Service's record so far is encouraging, however we cannot hide away from the fact that severe pressures will face the Met, starting from 2016.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    New figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, have revealed the Metropolitan Police Service are subsidising gun owners by millions of pounds each year.

    Last year over £3 million was spent by the Met in issuing gun licences, and since 2008 the total cost to the Met has been in excess of £20 million. Yet with the annual cost for a gun licence being just £10 (£50 for a five year licence) the amount raised by the licence fees is now just a quarter of the real bill facing the Met in carrying out vital checks before issuing gun licences.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published said:

    "It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world."

  • Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest Airports Commission's inner Thames estuary studies, revealing significantly higher estimated costs for train and road links to the proposed airport than previously suggested by the Mayor said:

    "These latest reports are a potential death blow to the Mayor's dream of creating a massive airport located in the Thames estuary.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record said:

    "These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014

    The Mayor of London has accepted that real action is needed to better safeguard children who go missing from the care of local authorities in response to questions put to him by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    Earlier this year Caroline Pidgeon published a report Looked After Children: Missing From Care, based on freedom of information requests made to every London Borough. Her report revealed that across London 931 looked after children went missing from the care of London Boroughs in 2012 and 2013 for at least 24 hours.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London's plans to make it easier for customers to get a refund for a delayed tube, DLR or London Overground journey said:

    "For far too long very few passengers have actually received the compensation they are entitled to. Millions of passengers have simply missed out because the process has been far too complicated and long winded.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's agreement to his request at today's Mayor's Question Time to put air pollution alerts on the www.london.gov.uk website said:

    "Air pollution causes the premature death of an estimated 4,250 Londoners each year and the Mayor has a clear legal duty to improve public health in London. Yet until today he had repeatedly refused to issue air pollution information to Londoners. His agreement today to start doing so is therefore a very significant step that shows he is at last taking some responsibility for the problem.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and deputy chair of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, commenting on the decision by the Mayor of London to proceed with purchasing water cannon said:

    "There is no evidence at all to defend the provision of water cannon in London. After three evidence hearings at City Hall the case against the use of water cannon was compelling.

  • Article: May 29, 2014

    £60 million of the public's money is now being held in a cash pile by TfL due to a growing number of Oyster cards that have not even been used for at least one year.

    The huge cash pile is due to the soaring levels of money that Transport for London (TfL) generate from people obtaining Oyster cards that are used just once, or very rarely.