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Scrutinising the Met on how it will win back women's trust

On 17th March, Caroline Pidgeon questioned the Met’s Deputy Commissioner on why more efforts weren’t made to work with organisers to facilitate a safe vigil for Sarah Everard – as Caroline and Luisa Porritt and had pushed for – and how the Met will be working to earn back the trust of women in London.

Sarah Everard – a time for women to speak and men to listen

Writing for Liberal Democrat Voice following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, Caroline Pidgeon discusses what needs to be done to approach the epidemic of violence against women.

"What has come from Sarah’s tragic murder is a bubbling over of anger and resentment from women to a society that perpetuates violence against them and a desire to take hold of the discourse on this issue from men so we can see real change.

"Women will not be silenced."

Read Caroline's full article here.

The surge in catalytic converter thefts must be tackled

The dramatic rise in the theft of car catalytic converters has been revealed by detailed figures obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Despite many crimes falling during lockdown, the theft of car catalytic converters has soared across London between 2019 and 2020, with increases in 27 of the 32 London boroughs covered by the Metropolitan Police. The borough with the highest number of thefts was Barnet, seeing 1114 thefts in 2020 – more than three thefts a day.

Night flights need to stop

Caroline has sent a formal response to the Government's Night Flights Consultation, taking into account the views of many people she has been in touch with who are affected by night flights across London.

It's disappointing that continued night flights are even being considered, given the increasing scientific evidence showing the serious negative health costs of aircraft noise, which in turn have an economic cost as well.

Reporting back – Spring 2021

Caroline Pidgeon's report about her work so far in 2021 is out now, and you can read about

  • The Mayor's budget: a missed opportunity
  • The cladding and fire safety scandal
  • LGBT+ History Month in February and the campaign for an HIV / AIDS memorial
  • Supporting a trial of Universal Basic Income in London
  • The lack of progress in making London's transport fully accessible
  • The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on disabled and vulnerable Londoners

Read about all these topics and more in Caroline's full Spring 2021 report.

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