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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:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming

Writing for Dave Hill's new OnLondon site, Caroline Pidgeon explains the overwhelmingly strong case for investing in Crossrail 2:

The case for Crossrail 2 is overwhelming. It would free up space for around 15 more trains in the morning peak from Hampshire and Surrey, providing 11,800 extra seats into Waterloo.

More than a million public transport journeys every day would be significantly better because of it. An additional 200,000 new homes and 200,000 new jobs would be supported.

Met should end perk of expensive flats for senior police officers

As the consultation over the Mayor’s plans to close and sell off police stations across London comes to an end, a call has been made for the Mayor to first examine the continuing practice of senior police officers being offered free accommodation in expensive flats.

More costly blunders waste the Met's IT budget

Figures reported to the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee have shown that the Metropolitan Police have overspent their budget by £30m this year on IT projects, as well as taking £24m from their reserves.

Liberal Democrat committee member Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Met has a very long history of costly IT blunders, which have cost the public millions of pounds. It appears the Mayor was duped by the Met’s forecasts, which were wildly optimistic in terms of the savings that new technology would make.”

MPs and peers should look at their own workplace to see importance of EU workers

After a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats showed that 195 EU citizens are employed in Parliament, Caroline Pidgeon told the Huffington Post:

“Every MP or peer who fails to recognise the importance of EU workers should take a very careful look at their own workplace.

“From the cleaning of their offices through to the serving of food and drink, it is EU citizens who are playing a key role in the daily running of Parliament.

Newham tube lift chaos

Caroline Pidgeon is continuing to raise the issue of excessive lift closures in West Ham, East Ham and Canning Town tube stations - particularly East Ham, where the lifts closed nearly 200 times in 2016.

Caroline said:

“When tube lifts stop operating with no prior notice, the station is in effect closed for disabled people, parents with buggies and everyone else who relies on the operation of lifts.”

Don't compromise the Overground's safety and success with staff cuts

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised plans to leave West Brompton, Highbury and Islington, Blackhorse Road and Canada Water Overground stations unstaffed during the day.

Caroline said:

“Having staff present at every London Overground station, from the first to last train, is central to its high level of service and success.

“The policy ensures the stations are safe and accessible for everyone, including disabled people who can use a ‘turn up and go’ service.

Central Line had only two days in December at full capacity

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor about the recent poor service on the Central line have revealed that the line ran with a full fleet of trains for only two days in December – neither of which were busy weekdays.

Caroline said:

“Strike suffering Central line users have already had enough grief, however what is clear is that even in the absence of strikes the line is underperforming.

Five year growth in Tube delays caused by overcrowding must come to an end

Tube delays caused by overcrowding have soared in the last five years, new figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member have revealed.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the figures she obtained from the Mayor, said:

Londoners have paid a serious price for Boris Johnson’s folly on water cannon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, writes for Liberal Democrat Voice on the announcement by the Mayor of London that water cannon purchased by Boris Johnson is now up for sale:

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