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  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the decision by the Mayor of London's office to give planning permission for the Garden Bridge:

    "There can be no denying that numerous questions still remain over the long term maintenance funding of the bridge and who will ultimately be picking up the bill."

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on TfL's proposals announced today to increase cycle hire charges for many users of the scheme said:

    "Under the cloak of 'simplification' the Mayor and TfL were hoping they could push through increases in the cycle hire scheme
    for many users of the scheme, without anyone noticing.

    "To attempt to push through such increases in such an underhand way, just two years after the doubling of fees is insulting in the extreme.

    "These further increases in fees should have been included in TfL's recent annual fare announcement.

    "The cycle hire scheme needs to expand across London, starting with its expansion into Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

    "At the same time a dramatic increase in users would take place if it was simply easier to hire a bike using Oyster and contactless payment.

    "Making these changes should be the Mayor's first priorities, not underhand increases in charges."


  • Caroline Pidgeon at Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on news that the cable car appears to have no regular commuters, following a freedom of information request made by Darryl Chamberlain of the 853 blog said:

    "It is amazing that the cable car had no regular customers during a recent week in October.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has responded to Transport for London's consultation on the extension of the Bakerloo Line highlighting the vital need for a two branch extension of the line.

    Welcoming the consultation Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "I am delighted that this consultation has received so much attention and that due to the active work of MPs such as Simon Hughes so many people have responded. It is vital that the voices of people from South East London are heard.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2014
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In our December Southfield newsletter, you can read about a consultation on the 70 bus route, local projects that were agreed at the Southfield Ward Forum and Council plans to only collect household waste every fortnight.

    Council agrees to collect household waste fortnightly
    Labour-run Ealing Council voted on 25th November to only collect our household waste every two weeks. Your Liberal Democrat Councillors are against this plan for a number of reasons:

  • Article: Dec 4, 2014

    After extensive questioning by Assembly Members it has been revealed that by 2020 - the starting date for the Mayor's proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London - the 306 Euro V New Routemaster buses will be central London's dirtiest most polluting buses, emitting around 5 times the NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) pollution of other buses.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2014

    We were right to enter coalition, Vince Cable tells local Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats made the right decision to enter a coalition government after the last election, said Vince Cable MP, Minister of State for Business, at the Ealing Liberal Democrat' annual dinner and auction last Saturday.

    The economic situation then facing the country was the worst in over 100 years, said Mr Vince, and among the most critical among developed countries in the world. Although the problems caused by the international banking crisis and government over-spending at home are not yet over, the UK is now one of the best performing economies. "In a parliament where no party had an overall majority, the pain of the austerity needed to achieve this turn-round would have been far more unequal in its impact if we had not been prepared to play a part," he continued.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on ClientEarth's case against the UK government over its failure to tackle air pollution said:

    "This is an incredibly welcome decision. No one can choose not to breathe the air around us so the right to breathe clean air is fundamental.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2014
    By Cllr Gary Malcolm

    Councillor Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Leader, has slammed Labour's plans to introduce a fortnightly rubbish collection.

    In Council papers about the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday you can see that Labour want to introduce a fortnightly rubbish collection despite them previously saying they were against the idea!

    This would be a bad move for many reasons:

  • Article: Nov 15, 2014
    By Cllr Gary Malcolm in http://garymalcolm.blogspot.co.uk/

    We were lucky to have a special visitor at the Ealing Liberal Democrat AGM meeting this week. That of Lynne Featherstone who is now a minister at the Home Office.

    She told us about the work she had done when first in the Home Office, back in 2010. All of us are so proud of the work that Lynne had done to bring in equal marriage.Lynne was also instrumental in ensuring that DNA is not indefinitely retained. This arrangement was brought in by the Labour party who encouraged the storage of bio data, despite the enhanced risks (can be used within the insurance sector inappropriately) that can occur if data was stolen or misused.