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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 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.

  • Caroline Pidgeon attending the Space for Cycling bike ride May 2014
    Article: Feb 4, 2015

    "Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Group, commenting on today's decision by Transport for London's Board to support the proposed Cycle Superhighways said.

    "I very much welcome the Board seeing sense and supporting safe cycling infrastructure in London

    "We need to move into the 21st century and embrace the fact that more and more people are cycling.

  • Caroline on London Cycling Campaign Big Ride 28.4.2012
    Article: Feb 4, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on a report published today by Architects Journal, about lobbying for the Garden Bridge based on correspondence between the Mayor and Joanna Lumley said:

    "We now know that back in May 2012 the Mayor was lobbied to support the Garden Bridge and at this stage was specifically told by Joanna Lumley that the proposed bridge would have segregated cycle tracks.

  • Document: Jan 28, 2015
    148.43 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Key aspects of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly budget amendment include:

    • Tackling London's appalling air pollution and also reducing congestion on our roads, which is currently a huge burden for London's businesses. Specific proposals include smart congestion charging; the introduction of a workplace parking levy in central London and real action to reduce diesel vehicles entering central London.
    • Reversing the immense fare hike on off peak travel for people in outer London. Other key fare changes include the introduction of a one hour bus ticket and lower fares for people travelling on all Tube, DLR and TfL Overground services before 7.30 am.
    • Making London a more attractive city to travel around by foot and on bike, including expanding the cycle hire scheme into south east London and better provision for cyclists across the whole capital
    • Creating a new £2 billion housing investment fund - funded by prudential borrowing - more than doubling the number of affordable homes delivered across London
    • Cutting waste in the Metropolitan Police Service such as the provision of chauffeur driven cars and flats for senior police officers, but strengthening Safer Neighbourhood Teams and putting extra resources into the teams that investigate rape and sexual assault against children.
    • Making London a fairer place through real action against rogue landlords and the wider adoption of the London Living Wage.
  • Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Improving London's environment for everyone, building more homes and making fares much fairer are at the centre of a radical set of proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group in their amendment to the Mayor's budget.

    Key aspects of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly budget amendment include: