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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:

Londoners should be the first to question the Mayor about his plans for London’s road network

Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for London’s road network which he has announced in the United States said:

"This is exactly the kind of announcement that the Mayor of London should make in London, ideally at a press conference, where London’s media, including local newspapers, can properly question the Mayor on his specific proposals.

Lib Dem London budget proposals would deliver a better environment for every Londoner

Improving London’s environment for everyone, building more homes and making fares much fairer are at the centre of a radical set of proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group in their amendment to the Mayor’s budget.

Key aspects of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly budget amendment include:

Questioning the Mayor on Canary Wharf conflict of interest

The London Cycling Campaign website has a report on the last Mayor's Question Time, where Caroline Pidgeon questioned the Mayor on the consultation process for creating segregated cycle superhighways - and particularly on the potential conflict of interest around the role of the finance director of Canary Wharf Group.

Appalling decision by TfL to close Tower Hill a week before Remembrance Sunday

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the decision by Transport for London to completely close Tower Hill Tube station on Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November, said:

“It is an appalling decision by Transport for London to close Tower Hill station during half term week and just a week before Remembrance Sunday.

Ending smoking at bus shelters should be the London's top child health priority

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the recommendation today by the London Health Commission that Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and 25,000 acres of parks in the capital should go smoke free, said:

“Huge changes have taken place in public attitudes towards smoking and it is important that this continues. It is now hard to even imagine that 30 years ago smoking was not only permitted on London Underground trains but was also routine in most offices.

New Year fireworks ought to be free, safe and accessible

On the day that tickets for London’s New Year’s Eve firework display go on sale Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:

“It was only last week that it was suddenly announced that the Mayor planned to scale down the New Year's Eve firework display to just 100,000 people who could afford to pay £10 for tickets, including children.

After years of excuses the Mayor must now take action to tackle violent crime

The Mayor of London has promised to write to all hospitals across London to ensure that anonymous data about violent incidents is shared with the police to ensure there is effective action to tackle knife and other violent crime hot spots, following questioning by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

The Mayor has also agreed, if it is necessary, to call a summit at City Hall to ensure that the full adoption of the crime prevention model.

Concerns about the Garden Bridge

In a Guardian article by Rowan Moore, Caroline Pidgeon discusses some concerns about the project to build a Garden Bridge from Temple to the South Bank:

These rapid changes of position caused Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly, to spot a pattern. The mayor’s statements on the bridge had been “totally false, just as with his past claims about the funding of the cycle hire scheme and the Thames cable car”. ...

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