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Out and about in Southwark

Caroline joined local councillors and campaigners in Southwark on Saturday 24th March knocking on doors and talking to local people about their concerns about crime.

Lib Dems help fundraise for Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith

Caroline recently joined Liberal Democrat mayoral Brian Paddick at a fundraising event for the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. She was also joined by Steve Bradley, a Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidate and Lambeth Councillor.

A year ago the centre was struggling to raise funds to buy the premises in which it is situated. Now following a grant by the Irish Government and other fundraising the management of the centre are planning to demolish and totally rebuild the facility, including residential housing.

A full report on plans for the centre can be seen at the Shepherd's Bush blog.

Campaigning in the Dollis Hill by-election

Caroline joined Liberal Youth members, Alison Hopkins (Lib Dem candidate in the Dollis Hill by-election), Cllr Daniel Brown and Bob Wharton out and about knocking on doors and talking to local residents on Saturday.

"Alison is a truly local champion having lived for decades in the area. I hope Alison is elected a a strong representative for Dollis Hill working hard on issues such as local libraries" commented Caroline.

Action day in Croydon and Sutton

Caroline Pidgeon joined Sarah Ludford MEP, Tom Brake MP and Brian Paddick out and about campaigning in Croydon and Sutton on Saturday as part of a big action day in London. The team were joined by Liberal Youth and carried out a residents’ survey in areas such as Waddon.

“The sun shone and we had a really welcoming response form local residents,” commented Caroline.

Launching the Lib Dem anti-crime campaign in Wimbledon

Caroline Pidgeon joined Brian Paddick and the London Lib Dem team in Wimbledon to launch the Lib Dem campaign on crime and policing for May's elections, with a strong focus on community-based policing.

Brian was pleased to return to Merton, where as Borough Commander between 1997 and 2000 he delivered the biggest drop in crime of any London borough over the period.

Campaigning on crime concerns in Richmond

Caroline Pidgeon joined Lib Dem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick and London Assembly candidate Munira Wilson in Richmond to talk to local residents about their concerns on crime, and campaign for the London Liberal Democrats' policy to build a community approach to policing, and recruit more Police Community Support Officers.

Save Sydenham Police Station

Caroline Pidgeon, along with Brian Paddick, the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London, and local London Assembly candidate John Russell, joined members of the Sydenham Society to campaign against the planned closure of the local police station.

London Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick and Lib Dem London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon joined London Assembly Constituency candidate for Lewisham and Greenwich, John Russell and the Sydenham Society, the Forest Hill Society and local residents on Saturday the 18th of February to campaign against any closure of Sydenham Police station.

Compensation is overdue for Ealing residents after riots

Caroline Pidgeon joined Brian Paddick and local Lib Dem London Assembly candidate Shas Sheehan on a visit to Ealing to meet businesses and residents affected by the riots.

(The photo to the right shows Caroline, Brian and Shas in a flat above a shop that was burnt out.)

"It is not acceptable that over 6 months on people have still not received compensation" commented Caroline.

You can read more here in the Ealing Gazette.

Caroline joins Brian Paddick to launch Lib Dem London 2012 campaign

Caroline Pidgeon joined Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick at the Liberal Democrats' campaign launch for the May 2012 elections, where Londoners will elect the Mayor and the London Assembly.

Library closures in Brent

Caroline joined Lib Dem Leader Cllr Paul Lorber and local Brent and Harrow candidate Charlotte Henry on Saturday 21st January meeting local library campaigners in Kensal Rise.

The Labour Council has closed 6 libraries across the Borough despite strong opposition and a campaign that has gone to the high court. Caroline talked to local campaigners and saw first hand their fantastic pop up library which has been established to keep a library in the area.

Caroline raised with the Mayor of London at the budget meeting on the 25th January, whether he had considered giving any support for libraries in his budget, perhaps through helping to support and train volunteers who are now running so many across London.

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