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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.

Wealthy football teams should pay the full costs for the policing of games

At a time when the Met is facing serious budget pressures London’s football teams are forcing the Metropolitan Police Service to pick up a policing bill of over £4 million a year.

Following a written question to the Mayor of London it has been revealed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, that between the start of last year’s football season and May of this year the cost of policing outside football stadiums generated a bill of £4.2 million for the Met.

RSA report on future of policing sets out the real challenges now facing the Met

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the "Safer Together" report, written by the RSA, which sets out immense budget pressures facing the Metropolitan Police Service in future years, said:

"I welcome this report, as it sets out very clearly the challenges the Metropolitan Police Service now faces.

Give our liberal city a liberal voice - join Caroline in the Lib Dem Fightback for London

Following her nomination as the candidate for the May 2016 mayoral election, watch Caroline Pidgeon's speech to the Lib Dem conference, bringing the Lib Dem Fightback to London.

Why were vital documents relating to awarding for design contract for the Garden Bridge destroyed by TfL?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the internal audit of the procurement design and development services for the Garden Bridge said:

"This audit has sadly not been thorough and forensic.

“While it rightly highlights a number of areas where the process for awarding contracts needs to improve the audit is ultimately incomplete due to TfL destroying vital records.

Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon commits to fight for a Liberal London

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said she would fight for a London which served the many, and not the few.

The party announced Caroline - who is a member of the London Assembly - as its candidate for next year’s London Mayoral election.

Caroline said:

“London is a great city, but the huge potential it offers is not available to everyone.

London's Police Community Support Officers should stay

As reports suggest that the Metropolitan Police is considering scrapping 1000 Police Community Support Officers working in London's neighbourhoods, Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Met's Commissioner expressing strong support for PCSOs:

Caroline on Underground London Radio

On Anthony Davis's latest Underground London Radio podcast, Caroline Pidgeon talks about her campaign to be the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate, the Garden Bridge, the new London bus, and the need for a serious Mayor.

Listen here.

Cycling Champion of the Year

Caroline Pidgeon, along with Val Shawcross, has been voted the joint Cycling Champion of the Year by the London Cycling Campaign's members, in recognition of her work holding the Mayor and Transport for London to account on cycling issues and for her work on the London Assembly Transport Committee.

Read about the awards on the London Cycling Campaign website.

Video: Caroline launches her Mayoral campaign and focuses on childcare

London Live filmed the launch of Caroline Pidgeon's campaign to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. Speaking at a nursery school in Islington, Caroline outlined her key priority of making childcare work for working parents:

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