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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

  • 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.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Mar 5, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on theadmission that the Mayor has agreed to underwrite Garden Bridge maintenance costs commented:

    "It is concerning that only after the Mayor has given planning permission to the scheme and having allocated £30 million of public funds that he finally comes clean and admits that a financial guarantee has also been provided. The Mayor should have been clear many months ago that far from the Garden Bridge being a private and charitable initiative it is actually a major drain on public funds.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the results of the London Survey which reveals significant differences in Londoners' feelings of safety between day and night-time, when travelling by bus or the London Underground said:

    "It is really concerning that not all Londoners feel safe when travelling on buses or the tube, in particular at night.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson commenting on the announcement that Santander have won the new sponsorship deal for the cycle hire scheme said:

    "The bike hire scheme is a brilliant development but from day one it has been hindered by a poor sponsorship contract.Today's new sponsorship deal does look like a real improvement on the rotten deal struck with Barclays.

  • Caroline Pidgeon attending the Space for Cycling bike ride May 2014
    Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, commenting on today's report by the insurance company Aviva which has analysed police road traffic collision data between 2009 to 2013 on London's roads said:

    "These figures confirm that cycling around many gyratories and especially roundabouts such as the Elephant and Castle is nothing less than a Tour de Danger for cyclists.

  • Caroline Pidgeon and Robin Meltzer supporting campaign against water cannon
    Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon commenting on the statement made today by the Bill Bratton, New York's police commissioner, that the use of water cannon had become an "anathema" in the US said:

    "Bill Bratton's intervention on this issue is both timely and helpful. However I fear he will join a long list of people that the Mayor has decided to ignore on this issue, including of course the London Assembly.

  • Caroline Pidgeon
    Article: Feb 9, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's plans for London's road network which he has announced in the United States today said:

    "This is exactly the kind of announcement that the Mayor of London should make in London ideally at a press conference, where London's media, including local newspapers can properly question the Mayor on his specific proposals.