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We need more Youth Hubs like the Harrow Club

On Wednesday Caroline Pidgeon joined London Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick and former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown and met young people to talk about issues that concern them and about the Lib Dem plans for Youth Hubs in every Borough In London

The visit took place at Harrow Club in Ladbroke Grove and included a chat with the group Hard Talking Ex-Cons, reformed ex-offenders who formed the group to work with youngsters and encourage them to follow the right path.

The club is a wonderful place for young people to go and such clubs should be supported across London.

Q&A with young Londoners

Caroline joined Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg MP, Simon Hughes MP, Brian Paddick and Cllr Duwayne Brookes at a Q&A session with young Londoners at the Ministry of Sound on Tuesday.

The Lib Dem team for London and nationally were grilled on lots of issues from job and training opportunities to support for young entrepreneurs.

Lib Dems to create Youth Hubs funded by banks and luxury hotel guests

Launching the Lib Dem manifesto for the London elections in May with mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, Caroline Pidgeon highlighted the Lib Dems' plans to create Youth Hubs across London:
"Our Youth Hubs plan is one part of the London Liberal Democrats' positive vision for London.

“We have radical plans to tackle the big issues facing Londoners, from crime to housing, transport to jobs.

“A vote for the London Liberal Democrats is a vote for keeping fares low, tackling unemployment and building thousands of new homes.

Brian Paddick announces Duwayne Brooks as Deputy Mayor for Youth and Communities

London Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick has today announced Duwayne Brooks as his candidate for Deputy Mayor for Youth and Communities - along with Caroline Pidgeon as his candidate for statutory Deputy Mayor.

The position would involve Duwayne working closely with communities and young people in London, listening and engaging with them and reporting back to the Mayor, offering advice and delivering projects beneficial to both groups.

We need answers not photo-ops on Mayor's new buses

Commenting on the news that the second bus to replace the Routemaster has entered service three weeks late, Caroline Pidgeon told the Evening Standard:

Instead of boasting about the new London bus the Mayor and TfL should come clean and explain why the rollout of these incredibly expensive buses is so clearly behind schedule.

We need answers not photo-ops from Boris Johnson.

Paddick and Pidgeon launch One Hour Bus Ticket

The London Liberal Democrats toured a range of London boroughs on Wednesday 30th March in a campaign bus to launch their fares package for Londoners.

The Fairer Fares package proposes Six Ways To Save, one of which is a One Hour Bus Ticket that will allow people to hop-on and hop-off buses as many times as needed within one hour, paying only one single fare.

The scheme works successfully in several European cities ensuring that multiple journeys on one of the most popular forms of transport are kept as low as possible. From the moment an Oyster card is touched, or a paper ticket is printed, passengers would have 60 minutes in which to make additional journeys without any extra cost.

Lee Valley White Water Rafting

Caroline Pidgeon AM went on a tour of the White Water Rafting Centre for the Olympic Games just north of London to see an Olympic venue fully in operation.

The Centre in the Lee Valley is already offering training for our athletes, as well as fire fighters, team building exercises for staff and people having fun and learning to use the first class facilities.

Another false promise from Boris Johnson

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and Lib Dem Deputy Mayoral candidate, commenting on Boris Johnson's transport manifesto that has been published today said:

"There needs to be a reality check with every statement issued by Boris Johnson.

"Four years ago he promised Londoners that the Tube would run for longer at the weekends, that he would end exorbitant train prices and ensure that the bike hire scheme cost nothing to the taxpayer. He even promised to work hard to negotiate a no strike deal with the Tube unions.

Oyster overcharging scandal continues

Caroline continues to urge both the Mayor and Transport for London to address the issue of Oyster overcharging, which still affects many honest passengers, especially by train and tube.

The Evening Standard recently reported that in 2011 the level of "incomplete" journeys was £66.5 million, compared to £63 million in the previous years.

Although some minor changes have occurred to the way Oyster operates the Mayor and TfL have failed to address the main causes of Oyster overcharging, which is when every passenger is automatically charged the maximum fare, which regularly occurs when the machines are not operating or the stations are very crowded.

Wide-ranging and bold policies for Londoners

Writing for the Politics First website, Caroline Pidgeon sets out the case for key London Liberal Democrat policies, ranging over:

  • A one hour bus ticket, so people can make two or three short bus journeys for the cost of a single fare
  • Reduced early bird fares for journeys before 7.30am - helping some of London's lowest-paid workers

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