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One third of London hospitals still fail to help police tackle knife crime

Over a third of hospitals in London are still failing to take part in a scheme which has been proven to dramatically reduce knife crime. The admission that many hospitals are still not sharing anonymous data collected from knife victims was made this week by Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Using all our talents to make transport better in London

Writing for the MayorWatch website, Caroline considers Transport for London's progress this year on building a diverse organisation - starting from the low point earlier this year of the Commissioner attending a male-only event from which women were barred:

It says a great deal that anyone can attend a large event for three years in a row, with literally each and every table hosting only men, and assume that it was just normal that no women were present, even without a firm exclusion policy.

Video - Make London a National Park City

On Monday 14th December, Caroline Pidgeon joined Daniel Raven-Ellison from the National Park City campaign to walk through some of London’s wonderful green space and to talk about his vision for a Greater London National Park City.

Caroline and Daniel walked through Sydenham Woods in South East London and talked about the fantastic idea that would make London a national park.

Congestion Charge evasion by embassies heads for £100m

Figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, reveal that in the 7.5 years that Boris Johnson has been Mayor of London the level of unpaid Congestion Charge by embassies and diplomatic missions based in London has soared from £17.3 million to £95.3 million. It is now likely that the total level of unpaid Congestion Charge will pass £100 million by the end of Boris Johnson’s term as Mayor of London.

Commenting on the latest figures, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Decision on Heathrow is needed now

Commenting on reports of a potential six month delay on a decision over Heathrow, Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Londoners opposed to expansion are fed up of being lied to. A decision is needed now.

“Heathrow is not, and never will be, the place to expand airport capacity and the sooner this Tory government accepts that, the sooner we can get on with developing a sensible aviation policy for the UK."

Uber ridesharing raises safety concerns

Writing to the Transport Commissioner, Caroline Pidgeon has expressed concerns over Uber's launch of a ridesharing scheme in London:

West Ham's Olympic Stadium deal should be made fully public

As the London Assembly called unanimously for the terms of West Ham United's rental of the Olympic Stadium to be made public, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“West Ham United Football Club knew full well that it would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act when it entered into an agreement with LLDC.

“No mayoral body should be hiding a deal over the use of a largely taxpayer-funded stadium.”

We need a better run Heathrow, not a bigger Heathrow

In an article for the Huffington Post, taking on the arguments made in the intense lobbying by Heathrow's owners, Caroline Pidgeon writes:

Chancellor’s police funding announcement must mean plans to slash PCSOs are dropped

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement in the Treasury Spending Review that police spending will now rise in line with inflation, said:

“It is welcome news that common sense has obviously now prevailed and that serious plans to slash the grant to the Metropolitan Police Service have now been dropped by government.

Action not rhetoric needed to tackle the scourge of knife crime across London

Westminster politicians are hiding from the real facts about the level of knife crime in London and its impact on young people. This is the hard hitting finding of a new report on knife crime by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Statistics gathered by the London Assembly Member reveal that during the six-week General Election period (26th March – 8th May) London saw 789 recorded victims of serious youth violence, 1231 victims of knife crime and 441 victims of knife crime with injury.

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