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New thinking on Oxford Street is long overdue

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that Transport for London are now considering removing buses from Oxford Street said:

“Transport for London’s new thinking of Oxford Street is long overdue. The case for pedestrianising Oxord Street has never been stronger.

Figures on runaway children in care should set alarm bells ringing

New evidence has revealed that in many parts of London there has been an alarming rise in the number of vulnerable children who have gone missing from the care of our local authorities in the last year.

Tackling knife crime must be top of London's agenda

Commenting on the latest knife attacks affecting Londoners - and especially teenagers - Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:

Time to put knife crime back on the political agenda

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest teenage stabbing in Islington, said:

"Over the last few years a widespread and generalised mistruth has built up that knife crime is now somehow under control.

“Sadly the harsh reality is that knife crime has increased across London.

Police must properly engage with the public on body camera trial

As a Freedom Of Information request revealed that just one person has given feedback to the Metropolitan Police's consultation of the use of body-worn cameras by officers, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The technology should make the police more accountable to the public and help route out police malpractices committed by a very small minority of police officers.

No excuse for long-term public sector employees being off the payroll

Speaking to politics.co.uk about the continued use by Transport for London of Personal Service Companies to pay employees - a practice which the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has said "generates suspicions of complicity in tax avoidance" and "fails to meet the standards expected of public officials" - Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"It is time the mayor got to grips with this issue and instructed TfL to adopt the same rules that apply to civil servants across all government departments and agencies.

Against Heathrow expansion

Caroline Pidgeon AM joined Vince Cable MP speaking at a rally organised by HACAN against expansion at Heathrow on Tuesday 3rd March.

"Given that there are 725,000 people affected by noise from Heathrow – no other airport in Europe comes close to this figure. AND a new runway would mean an additional 150,000 people under the flight path. It is simply unthinkable that a third runway could be built at Heathrow" commented Caroline.

Other key messages from Caroline's speech include:

"Existing capacity in the south east must be used more effectively. In summer 2012, 47% of runway slots at Stansted weren’t used, 51% at Luton, and 12% at Gatwick. Instead of a new runway at Heathrow, we should be prioritising improved rail links to the airports that already have spare capacity. It’s good to see that the line to Stansted will be four-tracked in the not too distant future."

"Even at Heathrow, though it is full, we know the terminals can handle a further 20 million passengers a year. Heathrow could look to shift to more long-haul flights or larger aircraft to increase passengers."

Mayor's stubborn water cannon push has wasted public money

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement that the Home Secretary is refusing to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London, said:

“Unlike the Mayor the Home Secretary is showing commonsense on this issue.

“Water cannon runs the risk of injury of innocent people and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations.

U-turn on Garden Bridge upkeep costs just raises further questions

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the admission that the Mayor has agreed to underwrite Garden Bridge maintenance costs, commented:

Just how many more people will the Mayor ignore over the use of water cannon?

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the statement made today by New York police commissioner Bill Bratton that the use of water cannon had become an “anathema” in the US, said:

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