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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.

The Mayor needs to step in and listen to Pride concerns

Caroline has written again to the Mayor of London, urging him to meet with those expressing concerns about Pride in London.

Caroline said:

The importance of Pride to our city, our country and the LGBTQ+ community cannot be overstated. It is essential that the Mayor steps in and looks at what action is needed to restore confidence in the organisation from all in the LGBTQ+ community.

Enforcing the law on e-scooters

In October's Mayor's Question Time, Caroline questioned the Mayor of London on enforcement and awareness of the law around private e-scooter use on London’s public roads and pavements – which remains illegal. Caroline got the Mayor to agree to several actions.

No excuse for continuing to restrict Freedom Pass travel

The London Assembly has unanimously backed Caroline Pidgeon's motion calling on the Mayor to reverse the restrictions that prevent Freedom Pass holders using their pass in morning peak hours.

Caroline said:

“The suspension of concessionary travel for 60+ Oyster photocard and Older Person’s Freedom Pass holders before 9am on weekdays was supposed to be only a temporary measure, yet it is still in place 15 months after it was first introduced and with no indication as to when it will be finally lifted.

Lessons must be learnt after Wembley chaos

At Mayor's Question Time, Caroline raised the issue of the chaotic Euro 2020 final scenes at Wembley.

Caroline said:

I was particularly disturbed to hear the experiences of some disabled fans. I’m glad a review is taking place into what happened.

Lessons must be learnt.

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