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Questioning the Met Commissioner on the Daniel Morgan case

In addition to questioning some members of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, Caroline also questioned the Met Commissioner on the serious implications of the case.

There are still many more questions to be asked around the handling of this case, and on wider issues of corruption.

The Met needs a willingness to learn lessons from this damning report

In the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon asked the Deputy Commissioner of the Met why there has still not been a clear apology for the corruption involved in the Daniel Morgan case.

Caroline said:

I still believe we need to see a more reflective attitude from the Met and a willingness to learn the lessons from this damning report.

Questions have to be asked as to why so many crimes go completely uninvestigated

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has uncovered the disappointing fact that nearly 250,000 crimes reported to the Metropolitan Police last year were abandoned within 24 hours, without being investigated at all.

Caroline has written to Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to ask for an explanation for the stark difference between the figures for 2020 compared to 2019.

Caroline said:

End the delay in publishing police station plans

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, asking when she will publish the police estate plan, including important information on the future of vital police stations and front counters across London.

Police front counters have been massively reduced under this Mayor and the previous Mayor. Londoners need certainty on their remaining stations and front counters, especially given a continued fall in confidence in the police in London.

There must be no further delays in publishing this information.

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.


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