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English Heritage finally recognising Emily Davison is long overdue

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member, has welcomed the decision by English Heritage to finally ensure a Blue Plaque is provided to recognise and celebrate the life of the suffragette Emily Davison.

Caroline first urged English Heritage to recognise Emily Davison back in 2015.

Setting out why it is so important that the life of the Blackheath resident is properly recognised, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Campaigning in Sutton

Caroline and Siobhan Benita joined Lib Dem candidate Barry Lewis to campaign in Wallington North ward in Sutton - where a by-election is coming up on 28th March.

Campaigning in Lambeth

Caroline made the most of the sunny weekend supporting Lambeth Lib Dems with Helen Thompson, Rob Blackie and Baroness Celia Thomas.

It's now even harder to believe the Mayor didn't know of Crossrail delays in advance

After a Freedom of Information Request revealed that Crossrail and TfL were drafting press releases about the delay to Crossrail 12 days before the Mayor announced it last August, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor’s repeated claims that he only knew about the delayed opening date of the central section of Crossrail just two days before the public announcement are now even harder to believe.

The concerning levels of air pollution in the Tube need to be better monitored

A report by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has found that pollution from dust, dirt and smoke particles in the Underground can be 30 times worse than even the busiest roads above ground.

“With large parts of the London Underground in deep and poorly ventilated tunnels it is vital that there is far more monitoring of dust and air pollution" said Caroline.

Read more in City Matters.

TfL needs to be open with Londoners about the Battersea tube extension delay

After Transport for London announced that the Northern Line extension to Battersea will not be open until 2021, but claimed that this would not result in a loss of revenue for TfL, Caroline Pidgeon told City AM:

"I fail to understand how the delayed opening of the Northern Line will not impact on revenue generated by TfL. There are already extensive retail and leisure facilities at Battersea Power Station, along with homes for sale. It is clear that as soon as the line is open there will be an extensive customer base.

London hospitals have no excuse for not sharing violent crime data

Caroline Pidgeon has criticised the lack of participation by St George's hospital, and the Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust, in a scheme that aims to tackle hidden violence on the street by reporting anonymised information about violent injuries.

Caroline told the Evening Standard:

"This data-sharing scheme is highly effective. For a hospital, especially in London, to opt out of the scheme is truly horrific. As the scheme does not involve any breach of personal data there really is no excuse.”

London is being left behind in the adoption of electric buses

A new report by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon reveals:

  • Mayor of London has repeatedly made inaccurate and misleading statements in comparing the adoption of electric buses in London with other cities
  • London now lags behind a number of cities in its current adoption of electric buses
  • Every five weeks China deploys 9,500 electric buses onto its roads – matching the entire size of London’s current bus fleet

London has a long way to go in making our roads safer for everyone

Questions to the Mayor of London by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member, have revealed:

  • Between 1 January 2016 to 30 November 2018 there were 71 recorded bus collisions involving pedestrians at a designated pedestrian crossing.
  • Collisions involving buses at pedestrian crossings are taking place in London almost every fortnight on average
  • Pedestrian collisions involving buses have taken place in almost every London Borough

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