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Transport policy is too important to be left just to men

Caroline writes for the Womanthology website on the changing face of transport policy and the importance of seeing the world from the viewpoint of women as well as men.

When most people think of the transport industry their immediate image is of a very male dominated world. From train drivers and leaders of their unions through to the senior management of train companies, the common factor is male dominance.

Personal interests overcame serious concerns about the Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the National Audit Office's inquiry report into the funding of the Garden Bridge, said:

"This report is clear evidence that the Department of Transport had its arm twisted into supporting the Garden Bridge by George Osbourne. From the very outset personal interests overcame serious concerns about value of money for the taxpayer.

Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf bridge is London’s most needed river crossing

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement, about proposed East London river crossings, said:

“Having long supported and campaigned for the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge I am delighted that the Mayor is now committed to accelerating this project.

The Mayor must protect taxpayers from bailing out the Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement that he has appointed Dame Margaret Hodge to conduct a review into the Garden Bridge said:

“I welcome this latest review into the Garden Bridge which I hope will pick up from the excellent inquiry undertaken by the London Assembly. However the Mayor cannot hide behind this latest review as an excuse for not taking any action.

Video: Caroline at Lib Dem conference - we will be the opposition to this Brexit government

Speaking at the Liberal Democrats' September conference, Caroline Pidgeon spoke strongly of the Liberal Democrats' determination to keep Britain open to Europe.

Now, more than ever, liberals are needed again. After the referendum there are many people in our country asking if the vote to leave was a vote for them to leave - leave their homes, leave their jobs, leave their friends. It was heartbreaking. But I will never forget visiting the Polish Centre in west London with Tim Farron in late June. It was founded in 1967, and the centre had never seen the kind of vile racist attack which they experienced in the days after June 23rd. Yet amid that horror, hundreds of people, having heard the news, sent messages of support and solidarity. Those cards, those letters, those flowers - those were all a welcome symbol of the real Britain that we love. And it is up to us now in the Liberal Democrats to speak up for every single EU citizen and to keep alive the country that they choose as their home.

We will be the opposition to this Brexit government.

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