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Useful meeting and engagement from Hackney Police

Hackney Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman, Pauline Pearce, had a meeting this week with Matt Twist, the Metropolitan Police Commander for the Met Task Force and Armed Police, to discuss arrest protocols following the death of Rashan Charles in Hackney.

The meeting was set up and attended by Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly member for the Liberal Democrats.

Commenting on the meeting, Pauline Pearce said:

Hackney cycle hire expansion makes real sense

As cycling campaigners call for the Cycle Hire scheme to be extended to Dalston and the whole borough of Hackney, Caroline Pidgeon has expressed her support:

“The case for extending the scheme into Hackney makes real sense, especially as this is such a cycle friendly borough”

Read more at the Hackney Citizen.

Campaigning for Dave Raval for Hackney Mayor

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Hackney Lib Dem campaigners out in Dalston Junction on Thursday 8th September to help support Dave Raval, the Lib Dem candidate in the Hackney Borough Mayoral election.

The team dropped leaflets through doors and chatted to local residents about key issues including crime and affordable housing.

Campaigning in Hackney

Caroline went out campaigning in Hackney with local Councillor Ian Shearer and Lib Dem London Assembly candidate and local Hackney resident Ben Mathis.

They went out to speak to local residents about Caroline’s Half Price Fares Before Half Past Seven policy which was extremely popular.

Mayor must now come clean over plans for Night Buses

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube has been deferred, said:

"This is a big climb down for the Mayor. His retreat is entirely due to his error in setting a specific start date before all the staffing arrangements and other issues had been settled.

"By pushing for a set start date the Mayor strengthened the union’s negotiating position.

One Hour Bus Ticket: a long-standing focus for Caroline and the Lib Dems

Dave Hill's London blog in the Guardian looks at the proposal by potential Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar for a bus ticket valid over multiple journeys for an hour - and points out that this has been a long-standing policy of Caroline Pidgeon and the London Assembly Liberal Democrats:

Upsurge in lift problems at Tube stations harms freedom to travel

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor have revealed that between 2013 and 2014, the hours lost due to lift closures on the Tube have risen by 50%, harming the freedom to travel of disabled people and those who depend on step-free access. The main reason was the lack of available trained staff to operate lifts.

Caroline said:

Step-free access to half London's stations is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations will be step-free by 2018, said:

“Any progress on making more TfL rail and Underground stations step-free is obviously welcome.

“However we can hardly be complacent when the reality is that in three years’ time half of all TfL rail and Underground will still be permanently inaccessible to disabled people and the many other people who require step free access.”

Tackling knife crime must be top of London's agenda

Commenting on the latest knife attacks affecting Londoners - and especially teenagers - Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:

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.

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