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Campaigning to save our neighbourhood police in Sutton

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Tom Brake MP and local Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners on Wallington High Street at their regular street stall on 12th December. It may have been cold out but the reception was fantastic and people were queuing to sign our petition to save London’s community police PCSOs and PCs in our local neighbourhoods.

Caroline then went out with Tom and Leader of the Council Cllr Ruth Dombey talking to businesses in Sutton High Street including Pearsons, the oldest bike shop in the world.

Out and about in Newham

Caroline Pidgeon joined Liberal Democrats from across London and local London Assembly candidate Elaine Bagshaw out campaigning for Sheree Miller in the Boleyn Ward by-election which took place on 3rd December.

Caroline and the team knocked on hundreds of doors and spoke to local people in and around West Ham’s Upton Park stadium, and heard first hand their serious concerns about the Labour Council and in particular around the need for more affordable housing.

Campaigning at the Charlie Brown Roundabout in Redbridge

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local Liberal Democrats including Cllr Gwyneth Deakins to highlight the serious safety issues at the Charlie Brown roundabout in Redbridge.

Several years ago Transport for London developed plans to make the busy transport roundabout safer for road users including pedestrian crossings for local people. However this was cancelled and now TfL is once again carrying out feasibility studies for safety measures including looking at signals for the junction.

“I have spoken to many people in the area and they are frustrated and bewildered at TfL's failure to provide safe crossing facilities at the Roundabout. Many local people take their cars for relatively short journeys, rather than walk or cycle, because they dare not attempt to cross the roads there. This adds to the congestion!” commented Caroline.

Out and about in Bromley

Caroline joined Bromley Liberal Democrats campaigning to save our community policing on 28th November in Orpington.

The team handed out campaign newspapers and talked to local shoppers about the threat to PCSOs and our Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Caroline and the team also collected signatures on their petition to save our local policing teams.

Out and about in Ealing

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Ealing Liberal Democrats out and about talking to local residents in the Pitshangar Lane area.

The team knocked on doors and chatted to local residents about the proposal to cut PCSOs from neighbourhood policing teams, and about Europe.

"It was great to be out with so many members and supporters, including some new members," commented Caroline.

Speaking to local residents in South Camberwell

Caroline Pidgeon joined Lib Dem by-election candidate Ben Maitland and other activists from across the capital out and about in South Camberwell Ward on Saturday 26th September.

Caroline knocked on doors and spoke to lots of residents about local issues and concerns. Pots holes was a major one as well as accessibility of local stations.

Campaigning for the Haringey by-elections

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined local Lib Dem by-election candidates Jenni Hollis and Derin Adebiyi out and about in the Wood Green area on Sunday 23rd August and Saturday 29th August in the rain and the sunshine.

The team are campaigning to clean up the local high street, limiting the number of betting shops and more support for local independent shops.

Campaigning in the Hampton Wick by-election

Caroline Pidgeon AM was delighted to join her Assembly colleague Cllr Stephen Knight AM and other local Lib Dems out campaigning in Hampton Wick ward in Twickenham in the recent by-election.

The result took the previously safe Conservative ward and new Lib Dem Cllr Geraldine Locke was elected with 43% of the vote.

Campaigning for fantastic Kingston by-election win

Caroline Pidgeon AM was delighted to campaign and support Cllr Jon Tolly, the new Lib Dem Councillor for The Grove ward in Kingston who was elected in a stunning by-election victory on Thursday 16th July.

Caroline helped out several times and looks forward to working with Jon in his ward.

Helping in the Wallington South By-election

Following the tragic death of Sutton Deputy Leader Cllr Colin Hall there was a by-election in Wallington South Ward with fantastic local candidate Steve Cook, just after the General Election. Caroline went to help Steve and the local Lib Dems many times in the campaign and was delighted that Cllr Steve Cook was elected to represent the area.

Read all about the campaign here.


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