Best Liberal Democrat by-election results for over 20 years

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Last night, the Liberal Democrats won another three council by-election victories with huge swings from the Conservatives - securing the party's best ever year for by-election gains.

Complementing Sarah Olney's victory in the Richmond Park by-election, the Liberal Democrats have gained 31 seats in local authorities across the country this year.

The net gain of 28 seats surpasses the previous best of 27 gains, which were made in 2002.

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Sarah Olney's Richmond Park victory speech

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Sarah Olney's memorable Richmond Park victory speech

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Congratulations to Sarah Olney MP!

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On Thursday 1st December, Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney was elected as the MP for Richmond Park, overturning the 23,000 majority previously held by the Conservative Zac Goldsmith.

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Record levels of investment must include a commitment to extend the cycle hire scheme– Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s announcement that the Mayor has committed to a record £154 million per year investment in cycling over the next five years said.

“This investment, if is wisely and fully spent, is very welcome.  However TfL has a record of underspending its cycling budget so bold promises need to be seen in this context.

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Mayor's housing plan is a let down for Londoners

key_caroline_pidgeon_housing.jpgCaroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for housing, said:

“Today’s announcement is quite frankly a damp squib compared to what Sadiq Khan promised Londoners before the election.

“The Mayor’s manifesto was quite clear that he would set an ambitious target of 50 per cent of new homes being genuinely affordable.

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Campaigning for cycle hire in Richmond and Kingston

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Caroline Pidgeon joined Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Richmond Park by-election, campaigning for the Cycle Hire scheme to be extended to Richmond and Kingston.

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A £220 billion Brexit black hole

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The official Office of Budget Responsibility figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most.

This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out of our economy when we need it most.   Given how bad the outlook is, it’s no wonder the Chancellor doesn’t want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

The independent Office of Budget Responsibility figures forecast a rise a unemployment and a fall in living standards.

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Success for Lib Dem campaign to help renters

Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters’ Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

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Mayor needs to concentrate on tackling overcrowding

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s fare announcement for next year, 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.”

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High Court pollution ruling strengthens the case against a third Heathrow runway

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting the today’s High Court ruling that the Government’s plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution is illegal - the second time in 18 months that the Government have lost in court on this issue - said:

“The Government is clearly failing to cut illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the ‘shortest possible time’

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LIB DEMS WELCOME TORY U-TURN - FORCED ACADEMIES PLAN SCRAPPED

Controversial plans to force all schools to convert into Academies have been scrapped by the new Education Secretary, Justine Greening. The policy was strongly opposed by many councils, including Conservative-run councils up and down the country. Liberal Democrat Councillor LizGreen, Leader of the Opposition welcomed the announcement.

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Uber employment case is good for drivers and ultimately good for the public – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the ruling by a London employment tribunal that drivers for the ride-hailing app Uber should  be classed as workers rather than self-employed said:

“I welcome this ruling and congratulate the drivers and GMB for taking this important case.

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The case against Heathrow expansion is as strong as when Theresa May and David Cameron made it

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Government’s intention to support a third Heathrow runway, said:

"After an incredibly expensive lobbying campaign the Government has ‎foolishly accepted the myth that what is good for the overseas owners of Heathrow is also good for the UK economy.

"The reality is that airports such as Luton and Stansted have spare capacity. And in time HS2 will also allow easy access ‎to Birmingham airport for many Londoners.

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Tom Brake: Heathrow runway will inflict crippling noise and congestion on a million Londoners

Speaking in today's Commons debate on Heathrow expansion, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake said:

"I hope the government will recognise widespread hostility to Heathrow expansion and say 'no' to a third runway."

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Most London councils are failing to tackle rogue landlords

Government funding cuts to local councils have resulted in a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London's rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Based on freedom of information requests that were submitted to all 32 London Boroughs information has been obtained showing the record of action against rogue landlords being taken across London. All London Boroughs responded to the requests for information, although some were unable to reply fully to the requests.

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