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  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Sep 2, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly economic spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Oliver Bonas to become the first high street fashion chain in the UK to become an accredited Living Wage employer, said:

    "The retail sector is sadly dominated by very low paying, insecure jobs. It is therefore significant when a high street fashion retailer like Oliver Bonas with stores across London in places such as Battersea, Cheapside, Clapham, Crouch End, Dulwich, Ealing, Kingston, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Putney and Richmond pledges to pay the London Living Wage."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube has been deferred said:

    "This is a big climb down for the Mayor. His retreat is entirely due to his error in setting a specific start date before all the staffing arrangements and other issues had been settled.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2015
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In our August newsletter we report about twenty new parking spaces created, a very successful street party in Beaumont Road and legal action being taken against Thames Water relating to severe pollution from the Acton Storm Tanks.

    Social Media - how to complain about missed collections
    A number of residents have already begun to make use of Twitter to complain to Ealing Council and their contractor Amey, to report missed collections as well as litter issues. If you use Twitter send details of the problem including the location to @cllrGaryMalcolm @EalingCustSer and @Ameyplc and we can keep track of complaints.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2015

    Cuts in the frequency of 17 weekend Night Bus services must now be put on hold if the Night Tube service does not commence from the 12th September, is the clear message that has been sent to the Mayor by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    Back in the Summer Transport for London (TfL) proposed reduced weekend Night Bus services on 17 bus routes based on their forecast that some passengers will choose to use the Night Tube instead.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Aug 5, 2015

    Transport for London have admitted that they have no understanding of the real levels of pollution created by the new Routemasters despite repeated claims that they are the 'most environmentally friendly bus of its kind.'

    In response to a freedom of information request TfL have today conceded that no pollution checks have been undertaken of the new Routemasters when they operate in their non hybrid mode and are entirely dependent on their diesel engines. The failure to undertake such testing is significant following the recent discovery that 80 of the new Routemasters are running entirely on diesel generators.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2015
    By Cllr Gary Malcolm in http://garymalcolm.blogspot.co.uk/

    We were lucky to have the Lib Dem MP, Norman Lamb, drop my recently. We were knocking on doors asking residents in Chiswick about their views on some national matters including Heathrow, the Human Rights Act and Europe.

    Norman Lamb in Southfield

    Of course people were still raising the issue of the impending wheelie bins which we are still fighting to stop. Such a waste of money that could be spent on vital services.

    Labour seem happy to close our day centres whilst the fail to keep our streets clean.

    Norman Lamb MP has a great history in government and since the general election of raising the profile of mental health.

    Norman commented very openly about legalising assisted dying... "For many years, I opposed attempts to legalise assisted dying. I had concerns, shared by many, that the risk to the most vulnerable individuals outweighed the benefits.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2015

    Transport for London has now accumulated almost £170 million from money left on unused Oyster cards it has been revealed today. The amount is made up from deposits (£83.2 million) and the Pay As You Go balances (£85.6 million) left on Oyster cards which have not been used for over a year.

    The cash pile from unused Oyster cards has been steadily growing since the start of Oyster in 2003. A recent written Mayoral question asked by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, revealed that when Boris Johnson first became Mayor in May 2008 the amounts left on dormant Oyster cards was just £4.25 million in Pay As You Go balances and £2.81 million in deposits.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that 200 New Routemasters will have failing batteries replaced under warranty and that on occasions the buses are running entirely on the diesel engine said:

    "The Mayor has repeatedly boasted about the New Routemaster, yet this is further evidence that the claims made by the Mayor and TfL are just rhetoric and do not match the reality on the ground.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Home Secretary's decision to not grant permission for the use of water cannon in England and Wales said:

    "After carefully examining the evidence the Home Secretary has made a wise decision.

    "Water cannon run the risk of innocent people being injured and would certainly undermine policing by public consent.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's report from King's College London revealing that air pollution causes 9,400 premature deaths in London every year said:

    "This report more than triples the previous estimate of deaths caused by air pollution in London and confirms that this is the second biggest public health killer to smoking.

    "The 9,400 Londoners who face an early grave due to air pollution provides 9,400 reasons why faster action needs to be taken to tackle air pollution.

    "It is highly disappointing that only last week the Chancellor's Budget failed to reform Vehicle Excise Duty to discourage more polluting diesel vehicles. It is equally disappointing that the Mayor's proposals to tackle air pollution in London have been so timid since he came to office in 2008. A big switch towards zero emission electric buses and taxis, not diesel hybrids, is now vital in London. Bringing forward the start date of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and real moves to tackle air pollution in places such as Oxford Street must now happen."