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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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  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: May 21, 2015

    The Mayor of London needs to come clean over his stance on extending the 'right to buy' for housing association tenants was the clear message he received at Mayor's Question Time today.

    Speaking after Mayor's Question Time, Stephen Knight AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly housing spokesperson said:

  • Document: Mar 27, 2015
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    A report highlighting how the hardship fund designed to protect the poorest in society is failing to deliver since it was devolved to local councils in 2013.

  • Document: Mar 27, 2015
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    A report highlighting how Safer Neighbourhood Teams are still failng to meet Londonwide standards for public accessibility.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the capital are still not meeting Londonwide standards for accessibility according to a new report published today by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    At present the Metropolitan Police service website proudly states that every Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) "will respond to every message directed to us within 24 hours."

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    A hardship fund designed to protect the poorest in society is failing to deliver since it was devolved to local councils in 2013 is the key finding in a report published today by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Stephen Knight.

    The report reveals that for the second year in a row many London Boroughs are unlikely to even spend their allocated budget of local welfare assistance (LWA).

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 26, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement confirming that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will go ahead said:

    "This announcement is welcome, although I regret that we still have to wait five and half years until the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Boris Johnson will have long left City Hall when this scheme finally starts to be implemented.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's refusal at today's Mayor's Question Time to accept a full and independent audit of the procurement process for the design of the Garden Bridge said:

    "Through extensive investigation led by Architect Journal a number of serious issues have arisen about how Heatherwick Studio was awarded the contract for the design of the proposed bridge. It really is odd in the extreme that companies with far greater expertise in designing bridges were marked down on the criteria of 'relevant design experience'.

    "When a former chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects procurement reform group states that serious questions remain about the selection process you would expect the Mayor of London to directly address the issues of concern.

    "Yet instead the Mayor has dodged answering questions and simply thrown abusive comments at anyone who dares to question the merits of the Garden Bridge."

    "The whole process has been as murky as the water that flows down the Thames."

  • Article: Mar 17, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on today's report by the House of Commons Transport Committee on river crossings said:

    "Far from being forward looking this report is based on ideas dating back to the 1970s.

    "I think it is bitterly disappointing that the report totally overlooks the need for improved public transport links across the Thames, such as extending the London Overground across the Thames beyond Barking Riverside.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Mar 11, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement that the Home Secretary is refusing to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London said:

    "Unlike the Mayor the Home Secretary is showing commonsense on this issue.

    "Water cannon runs the risk of injury of innocent people and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Mar 11, 2015

    On National No Smoking Day Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has welcomed the decision by Transport for London to install no smoking signs in all of its bus shelters.

    By the end of April 'no smoking' stickers will now be added to 9,800 bus shelters which currently have no signage. At present just 2700 of London bus shelters have no smoking signage. In response to previous requests to install 'no smoking' signs the Mayor suggested that merely placing 'no smoking' signs at new and refurbished bus shelters was satisfactory.