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Shocking figures reveal the true impact of moped crime in London

The increasing problem of crime committed by moped riders has been highlighted in figures obtained by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Caroline Pidgeon.

Following her questioning of the Mayor, figures have been released showing that in just nine months there have been 17,606 ‘moped enabled’ crimes in London.

The figures reveal that moped raiders are affecting every London Borough, although the crimes at present are heavily dominant in Camden, Islington and Westminster.

Commenting on the latest figures, Caroline Pidgeon said:

After a year of dithering the Mayor finally does the right thing on the Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s announcement by the Mayor that the GLA will not be providing Mayoral guarantees for the Garden Bridge project, said:

“The Mayor has taken a year to make this decision and while he has been dithering more money has been wasted. Yet while it is regrettable that Sadiq Khan has taken so long to make a decision he has finally done the right thing following Dame Margaret Hodge's damning report.

Mayor cannot ignore the damning Garden Bridge report

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Dame Margaret Hodge's highly critical report on the Garden Bridge, said:

“This is a totally damning report. It is a disgrace that key decisions on the Garden Bridge were driven by electoral cycles rather than any concern for value for money. The report also backs up the long standing finding of the London Assembly that the procurement processes were not open, fair or competitive.

Mayor's position on the Garden Bridge is illogical and indefensible

As the Mayor reiterated his support for the building of the Garden Bridge, Caroline Pidgeon highlighted the taxpayers' money that is still being sucked into the project.

Caroline told the London SE1 website:

"Sadiq Khan’s position on the Garden Bridge is illogical and indefensible.

"He claims to be committed to not providing any further public funding for the Garden Bridge yet at the same time he is allowing TfL to hand over another £10 million of public money.

Garden Bridge Trust accounts confirm why the project must now be cancelled

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the publication after much delay of the Garden Bridge Trust accounts. said:

“Even advocates of the Garden Bridge with rose-tinted glasses will find these accounts incredibly concerning.

“The Trust has finally admitted what most people have long expected was the case - that the final cost of the project is likely to increase substantially above the current £185 million predicted cost.

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.

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.

Reduce buses on Oxford Street immediately

The London Assembly Transport Committee has written to the Mayor asking him to prioritise the changes needed to make Oxford Street pedestrianised - including innovative changes to bus routes and service patterns.

The committee has met with representatives of local businesses, residents, road users, Transport for London (TfL) and Westminster City Council, and will go on to produce a full report on congestion issues in the capital later in the year.

The letter suggests:

Garden Bridge Trust is avoiding questions about its funding

Speaking to the Guardian about the the five-month delay by the Garden Bridge Trust in publishing its accounts, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I suspect that the Garden Bridge Trust is using administrative tidiness as a desperate excuse to postpone publishing their accounts.

Mayor should do what is right and stop the Garden Bridge

Writing at the "Bridge Too Far" website, Caroline Pidgeon describes the compelling reasons to cancel the Garden Bridge project:

Caroline concludes:

It is regrettable that the last Mayor devoted so much of his time to lobbying and secretly fundraising for the Garden Bridge. There are so many other projects he could have backed which would have delivered real benefits for Londoners.

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