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  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the capital are still not meeting Londonwide standards for accessibility according to a new report published today by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    At present the Metropolitan Police service website proudly states that every Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) "will respond to every message directed to us within 24 hours."

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Mar 27, 2015

    A hardship fund designed to protect the poorest in society is failing to deliver since it was devolved to local councils in 2013 is the key finding in a report published today by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Stephen Knight.

    The report reveals that for the second year in a row many London Boroughs are unlikely to even spend their allocated budget of local welfare assistance (LWA).

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's refusal at today's Mayor's Question Time to accept a full and independent audit of the procurement process for the design of the Garden Bridge said:

    "Through extensive investigation led by Architect Journal a number of serious issues have arisen about how Heatherwick Studio was awarded the contract for the design of the proposed bridge. It really is odd in the extreme that companies with far greater expertise in designing bridges were marked down on the criteria of 'relevant design experience'.

    "When a former chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects procurement reform group states that serious questions remain about the selection process you would expect the Mayor of London to directly address the issues of concern.

    "Yet instead the Mayor has dodged answering questions and simply thrown abusive comments at anyone who dares to question the merits of the Garden Bridge."

    "The whole process has been as murky as the water that flows down the Thames."

  • Petition: Mar 24, 2015

    The undersigned are against Ealing Council forcing residents to have two wheelie bins to store their waste, when many homes do not have the space. We are also against a fortnightly collection of household waste especially in the Summer months when the temperatures are hotter. Ealing Council needs to think again.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on today's report by the House of Commons Transport Committee on river crossings said:

    "Far from being forward looking this report is based on ideas dating back to the 1970s.

    "I think it is bitterly disappointing that the report totally overlooks the need for improved public transport links across the Thames, such as extending the London Overground across the Thames beyond Barking Riverside.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2015

    Our Parliamentary candidate for Ealing Southall is interviewed.

    Who are the Liberal Democrats?

  • Article: Mar 12, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning to give renters a better deal. This week, the Deregulation Bill was passed by the House of Lords which prevents tenants from 'revenge evictions', and returns to the House of Commons for amendments. The data for the percentage of housing in the private rented sector for each Ealing Borough constituency, according to the UK Polling Report, is as follows:

  • Article: Mar 11, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement that the Home Secretary is refusing to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London said:

    "Unlike the Mayor the Home Secretary is showing commonsense on this issue.

    "Water cannon runs the risk of injury of innocent people and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2015

    On National No Smoking Day Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has welcomed the decision by Transport for London to install no smoking signs in all of its bus shelters.

    By the end of April 'no smoking' stickers will now be added to 9,800 bus shelters which currently have no signage. At present just 2700 of London bus shelters have no smoking signage. In response to previous requests to install 'no smoking' signs the Mayor suggested that merely placing 'no smoking' signs at new and refurbished bus shelters was satisfactory.

  • Article: Mar 6, 2015
    By Cllr Gary Malcolm in http://garymalcolm.blogspot.co.uk/

    In Ealing, things are improving as we see that crime is down, there are more people in employment and millions of residents have been taken on apprenticeships across the country.

    Those running Ealing Town Hall, like to take the credit for the improvements to our education system, however they forget to mention that the majority of money comes directly from the coalition Government.

    So when our primary and secondary schools are maintained, expanded and improved, large chunks of money comes from the government.Liberal Democrats believe in giving every child a fair start in life. That's why we put an extra £2.5bn into schools each year from our 'Pupil Premium', as promised in the 2010 election manifesto. The money is targeted at those that need the most help, to achieve equality of opportunity.

    In just one year seven schools in our borough received the following amounts: