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Rules around City Hall conflicts of interest should be strengthened

The London Assembly's Oversight Committee, chaired by Caroline Pidgeon, has recommended tougher rules requiring the Mayor and assembly members to declare potential conflicts of interest - in the light of allegations that Boris Johnson gave preferential treatment to Jennifer Arcuri.

Caroline told the BBC:

Pushing for transport innovation

In the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon pushed the Mayor to pilot Mobility Hubs at some outer London Underground car parks to bring together bike hire, tubes, buses, car clubs and click-and-collect, as well as EV charging.

Caroline also asked the Mayor to work with the taxi trade to increase rapid EV charging points at taxi refreshment and rest ranks. He has agreed to a meeting about this.

The Mayor should lobby Government on calorie labelling concerns

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor of London, pressing him to lobby the Government on the impact of compulsory calorie labelling on those with eating disorders.

Caroline said:

I've written to the Mayor sharing my concerns and those of leading campaigners, including Hope Virgo, over compulsory calorie labelling and the impact on those with eating disorders.

I hope he joins the lobbying efforts on this important issue.

Urgent assurance is needed on stop and search

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Mayor of London, seeking assurances over the use of stop and search in London, and again calling for suspicionless stop and search to be banned.

Caroline said:

It remains my view that suspicionless stop and search should cease to be used. It is a practice which destroys community relations with the police. I have particular concerns over the Deputy Commissioner's record on this issue.

The mayor needs to address facts, not ridicule Silvertown Tunnel opponents

Speaking to the 853 website, Caroline Pidgeon points out that the Mayor is regularly evasive over the facts that he claims support the case for building the Silvertown Tunnel.

Caroline said:

“Back in June Sadiq Khan made the absolute claim that the 108 bus was the most unreliable bus route in London. Yet when he made that claim there were 85 other bus routes in London with a higher excess waiting time than the 108.

Scrap the Silvertown Tunnel!

Campaigning with health workers against the Silvertown tunnelLib Dem London Assembly Members Caroline Pidgeon and Hina Bokhari joined London healthcare workers calling for the environmentally disastrous Silvertown tunnel project to be cancelled.

Caroline said:

We need to clean up London’s air. The Mayor needs to scrap his polluting Silvertown road tunnel!

Lib Dem Assembly Members secure extra help for Londoners hit by the building safety crisis

The London Assembly has today backed proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members for extra help to be given to leaseholders affected by the building safety crisis.

The successful amendment includes the creation of a support hub that would offer a range of mental health support and practical advice for the thousands of Londoners impacted by the crisis.

Speaking after the amendment was passed, Caroline Pidgeon AM, who proposed the amendment, said:

We need a new approach to funding key services in our capital

Commenting on the Mayor's draft budget for the next year, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"Just before Christmas the Mayor of London set out his draft budget for 2022-23. While painful, the outlined rise in Council Tax seems almost inevitable in the circumstances now facing the capital. When public services are so strapped for cash, the Mayor is using one of the few tools he has, that of raising council tax.


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