“London has paid and will continue to pay an incredible price for Boris Johnson’s obsession with the new Routemaster bus”– Caroline Pidgeon

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Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement today that conductors will be removed from the six routes (9, 10, 11, 24, 38 and 390) that currently operate on new Routemaster buses, starting from this September said:

“The whole point of the new Routemaster buses was that you could jump on and off them.  This was their raison d'être.

“The reality is that the new Routemaster buses were horrendously expensive to purchase and have been plagued with faults, including overheating in the Summer months and serious problems with their batteries.

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Sun, sea, sand and .... consultations?

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With Kingston Conservatives, public consultations are like buses – you wait ages to be asked your opinion, then twelve fourteen come along at once, just as many residents are about to go on holiday!

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Brexit aftermath: Council cross-party approach needed

Councillors from all political parties should be involved in addressing the challenges to local government of the UK leaving the European Union.

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Community - what it means to Liberal Democrats

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The best kind of politics is done by real people in the streets up and down the country, in living rooms, in community centres; where people live their everyday lives.

You don’t just turn up every four years asking for a vote. Liberal Democrats immerse ourselves in the community we’re part of. Our job is to make a difference. That’s why we’re involved in politics in the first place.

In our latest video we asked Liberal Democrat campaigners about why their community matters to them.

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Caroline Pidgeon and Tim Farron visit Polish centre defaced by racists

Tim Farron and Caroline Pidgeon visited the Polish centre in Hammersmith to show solidarity with the Polish community and to make clear that xenophobic attacks it suffered recently will not be tolerated.

The attack on the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was just one of numerous racist and xenophobic incidents reported in the week since the Brexit vote. The Liberal Democrat leader and London Assembly member were given a tour and met numerous people from the London Polish community, as well as staff from the Polish embassy.

Tim Farron said: “We must send the message that racist thugs cannot get away with intimidating any of the diverse communities of the UK. One of Britain’s great strengths is its mix of cultures, and despite the referendum result we must ensure that all citizens are made to feel safe.

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Join the fight to remain IN the EU

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The EU referendum is once in a generation opportunity to vote for what you believe in.

Liberal Democrats are the only party united in campaigning for Britain to remain IN the European Union.

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Past failings by Boris Johnson on housing must now be addressed – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s description of the previous Mayor’s ‘Concordant’ scheme to supposedly stop developers advertising London homes abroad first for overseas buyers as ‘toothless’ said:

“Sadiq Khan is absolutely right to criticise the weak measures adopted by the previous Mayor.

“Boris Johnson was twice asked by the London Assembly to investigate the impact that overseas investment was having on the price, affordability and supply of homes for Londoners.   He arrogantly ignored the London Assembly and refused to undertake this much needed research into London’s housing market.

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Liberal Democrats pay tribute to Jo Cox

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Paddy Ashdown have paid tribute to Jo Cox MP who was murdered this afternoon.

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Honesty over fares and investment needed in London’s transport has never been more important – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today over his future plans for transport fares said:

“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today.   There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.”

“The reality is that many Londoners will see their travelcards rise over the next few years.    What we have found out today feels like a very early broken promise from London’s new Mayor.”

“Honesty over fares and investment in London’s transport has never been more important.” 


Mayor's decision on Garden Bridge is highly disappointing - Caroline Pidgeon

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Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s announcement today declaring his support for the Garden Bridge said:

 “Today’s decision is highly disappointing.

“Instead of tinkering with minor changes from the Garden Bridge Trust the Mayor should be seeking to recoup every penny of Transport for London funding that has been allocated to this highly controversial project.

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Shameful that Boris Johnson stopped air pollution report from being published - Tom Brake

Commenting on reports that Boris Johnson decided not to publish a report which demonstrated that 433 schools in London are located in areas that exceed EU limits for nitrogen dioxide, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:
 
“It is quite frankly shameful that Boris Johnson stopped such an important report from being published.
 
“Despite being elected on a pledge to open up City Hall, it seems Boris Johnson was quite content as Mayor of London to hold back vital information affecting the health of Londoners, and especially children.
 
“If Boris Johnson was truly proud of his record in tackling air pollution, he would not have hesitated to ensure this report was immediately made available to the public.”


Action to tackle London’s toxic air could not happen sooner – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s announcement today that he will launch a formal policy consultation on measures to tackle air pollution including extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

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Youth Centres should be protected

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Conservative-run Kingston Council have voted to close 50% of the borough’s Youth Centres. 

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Green Belt ruling sends "shivers down the spine"

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Lib Dem campaigners are again voicing genuine concerns about the threat to Chessington’s Green Belt, following a new Government ruling that gave the go ahead for 1,500 homes to be built near Gloucester.

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Caroline Pidgeon welcomes One Hour Bus Ticket announcement


one_hour_ticket.jpgCommenting on today’s announcement confirming the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket', Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said: 

"The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."