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Mayor’s Transport Strategy has some good ideas, but big questions remain

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s newly published Transport Strategy, said:

"There are some proposals in the Mayor's Transport Strategy which I warmly welcome, most notably the real commitment to improving London's streets and ensuring that walking and cycling are safer and more attractive options of travel.

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 strategic target of 32,000 police officers is meaningless

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the admission today by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, that the year 2017 to 2018 will see £38 million saved by recognising current police numbers which are about 31,200 police officers, said:

“The Mayor is repeatedly on record as saying he backs the strategic target of London having 32,000 police officers, yet in his very first budget he want to remove the very means to achieve that target.

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:

Mayor's housing plan is a let down for Londoners

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for housing, said:

“Today’s announcement is quite frankly a damp squib compared to what Sadiq Khan promised Londoners before the election.

“The Mayor’s manifesto was quite clear that he would set an ambitious target of 50 per cent of new homes being genuinely affordable.

We need real action to help thousands of missing children

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary on child protection services in the Metropolitan Police Service, said:

“This report highlights how much child protection issues have been marginalised by the Met. The HMIC are absolutely right to highlight their serious concern that within the Met there is no single person at a senior level who is responsible and with oversight of child protection work.

Stop taxi and minicab discrimination against people with guide dogs

Caroline Pidgeon, visited a Guide Dogs event in Parliament on 16th November to show her support for taxi and minicab drivers receiving disability equality training when getting their licence. In September, the London Assembly passed a motion supporting Guide Dogs’ call for an increase in the penalty for refusing access to an assistance dog owner.

The case against Heathrow expansion is as strong as when Theresa May and David Cameron made it

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Government’s intention to support a third Heathrow runway, said:

"After an incredibly expensive lobbying campaign the Government has ‎foolishly accepted the myth that what is good for the overseas owners of Heathrow is also good for the UK economy.

"The reality is that airports such as Luton and Stansted have spare capacity. And in time HS2 will also allow easy access ‎to Birmingham airport for many Londoners.

Most London councils are failing to tackle rogue landlords

Government funding cuts to local councils have resulted in a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London's rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Based on freedom of information requests that were submitted to all 32 London Boroughs information has been obtained showing the record of action against rogue landlords being taken across London. All London Boroughs responded to the requests for information, although some were unable to reply fully to the requests.

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