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Campaigning in Sutton

Caroline spent Saturday 25th April in Sutton campaigning for our two MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow.

Caroline joined teams in Wallington South in the morning for Tom and then out in Sutton West with Cllr Wendy Mathys in the afternoon.

"It was great to hear from local people about our hard working local MPs and the work they have done and continue to do to save St Helier's hospital." commented Caroline.

Only proper integration with public transport will make the cable car effective

As the latest disappointing figures on the Thames cable car showed that fewer people use it in a day than use the Tube in just two minutes, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"Despite the cable car being long established and fast approaching its third anniversary its passenger numbers remain dismal.

"Quite frankly with so much public money spent on the project the best option would be to turn it into an integral form of public transport.

Police must properly engage with the public on body camera trial

As a Freedom Of Information request revealed that just one person has given feedback to the Metropolitan Police's consultation of the use of body-worn cameras by officers, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The technology should make the police more accountable to the public and help route out police malpractices committed by a very small minority of police officers.

No excuse for long-term public sector employees being off the payroll

Speaking to politics.co.uk about the continued use by Transport for London of Personal Service Companies to pay employees - a practice which the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has said "generates suspicions of complicity in tax avoidance" and "fails to meet the standards expected of public officials" - Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"It is time the mayor got to grips with this issue and instructed TfL to adopt the same rules that apply to civil servants across all government departments and agencies.

Procurement process for the Garden Bridge must be independently evaluated

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.

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