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Visiting the House of Magic

On Wednesday 10th January Caroline visited the House of Magic in Newington ward.

Local magician Simon Drake showed Cllr Caroline Pidgeon, Cllr Jelil Ladipo and Simon Hughes MP around his magical home and heard about the work he carries out in the local community.

Save our health service

Simon Hughes MP and your local Liberal Democrat Councillors have stepped up their campaign against Labour’s £20 million cuts to Southwark's health services.

Lib Dems are petitioning the Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, to stop unfairly penalising Southwark's Health Services - which are having to pay the price for Government mismanagement and other health trusts' overspending.

Pullens Yards Christmas sales

In December, Caroline was joined by Simon Hughes MP at the annual Christmas sales held at Pullens Yards in West Walworth. The historic yards are home to an artistic community from dressmakers to lute makers and artists to bookbinders. Caroline and Simon had a fantastic time meeting the many creative artists who live and work in the area, and buying presents!

Chief Executive walkabout

The new Chief Executive at Southwark Council, Annie Shepherd, carried out a walkabout in Newington to see what issues are of concern. She was joined by Councillors James Gurling and Caroline Pidgeon, who toured every street, park and estate in the ward over a Saturday morning. Key issues raised were:

  • the need for security on the Brandon towers
  • planning and enforcement issues on the Walworth Road and De Laune Street
  • A pilot communal satellite TV aerial for Pullens estate, as well as the management of the Pullens Yards

Minister confirms East Dulwich academy commitment

Southwark Liberal Democrat Council chiefs have secured a renewed commitment from Schools Minister Lord Adonis to the early opening of the proposed Harris Boys Academy in East Dulwich if a suitable site can be found.

Southwark Liberal Democrat Council Leader Nick Stanton and Executive Member for Education Caroline Pidgeon met with Lord Adonis yesterday to discuss plans for academies in the borough.


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