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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

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Addison Lee founder John Griffin to fund the first 500 schools-based air quality sensors to monitor air quality through the 'AirSensa' project said:

    "John Griffin's generous funding of this scheme is of course very welcome, but it is sad state of affairs when basic health checks for London's school children are reliant on funding from owners of a minicab firm.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    On the day that tickets for London's New Year's Eve firework display go on sale Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

    "It was only last week that it was suddenly announced that the Mayor planned to scale down the New Year's Eve firework display to just 100,000 people who could afford to pay £10 for tickets, including children.

    "The fact that tickets are going on sale today shows that a decision was made many months ago, yet the details of the contract have not come under any scrutiny at all. Sadly decisions made behind closed doors often end up with disastrous consequences.

    "If the real aim was to manage crowds and protect public safety the far better option would have been to have further sponsored firework displays along the Thames, or in other locations across London.

    "Instead the Mayor is foolishly making the New Year's Eve firework display an exclusive event and providing massive opportunities to ticket touts. I also fear that far from protecting public safety there will be serious policing issues just outside the 'pay zone'.

    "The Mayor's New Year Eve fireworks plans expose his total lack of ambition for London. It is possible to have New Year's Eve fireworks' displays in central London which are free, safe and accessible for everyone."

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    A Transport for London consultation on new river crossings in east London, which closes this week, is far too centred around motorists and completely overlooks the need for significant improvements in public transport in south east London, is the key message made by Caroline Pidgeon AM, in the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group's consultation response.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The Mayor of London has promised to write to all hospitals across London to ensure that anonymous data about violent incidents is shared with the police to ensure there is effective action to tackle knife and other violent crime hot spots, following questioning by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group. The Mayor has also agreed, if it is necessary, to call a summit at City Hall to ensure that the full adoption of the crime prevention model.

  • Caroline Pidgeon portrait
    Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's proposals to introduce a £10 charge to view this year's New Year's Eve fireworks said:

    "London's New Year Eve fireworks showcases the capital to the world and we should delight in its growing popularity which mirrors the growing popularity of London as a place to visit.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking ahead of the rollout of contactless payment ('wave and pay') to Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London, from tomorrow (Tueday 16th September) said:

    "Providing an additional form of payment for passengers is welcome, as long as it is nothing more than an additional form of payment and people are not pushed into having to use it.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's comments made at today's House of Commons environment audit committee on the issue of air pollution said:

    "While the Mayor of London is right to call for action by central government to help motorists switch away from diesel vehicles such a call for action should not deflect attention from the Mayor's own poor record, which has been quite frankly appalling in tackling air pollution in London.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today's statement by the Mayor that Transport for London fares will be increased on average by inflation next year said:

    "This announcement will be welcomed by passengers. Inflation busting fares would have been a bitter blow for most Londoners who have often seen freezes in their wages for the last few years.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Blind and partially sighted people in London will have to wait until March 2016 until every pedestrian crossing that is controlled by the Mayor of London finally meets long standing national safety standards to assist them in safely crossing the road.

    Transport for London (which is chaired by the Mayor of London) recently confirmed to Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, that they were totally content to wait until March 2016 until every pedestrian crossing finally meets minimum safety standards first advocated by the Department of Transport as long ago as 1991.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the publication today of July's inflation rate, which is used as the benchmark for 2015 Transport for London fares said:

    "The fall in inflation last month is obviously welcome however a rise in TfL fares by inflation plus 1 per cent cannot be justified next year.