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Working for a fairer, greener, better Barnet

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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Fighting to defend vital local services

Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Mayor's decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline's report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

    In a letter sent to Caroline this week the Mayor has stated that MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime) has now secured funding to maintain the vital services provided by RedThread and their youth workers in London's four Major Trauma Centres for the next three years. Another positive development is that MOPAC will also be funding Oasis Youth enabling them to extend their services and place youth workers in Middlesex Hospital until the end of 2016/17.

    These youth workers provide vital support for young victims of knife crime and other violent offences and help to end the tragic cycle of violence we see too often on our streets.

    The Mayor also accepted another long standing recommendation by Caroline Pidgeon to ensure that MOPAC adopt the 'Cardiff Model' across all A&E's in London. The 'Cardiff Model' is an approach to sharing and using anonymised data on violent offences obtained through A&E admissions to inform and develop crime reduction policies by the police and local authorities. In areas where the Cardiff Model has been implemented there has been a 42% reduction in A&E admissions due to violent crime.

    Welcoming the Mayor's announcement Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "This announcement is incredibly welcome.

    "Sensible and much needed policies to help young victims of knife crime are now being given the support they so desperately needed.

    "Finally every A&E department across London will share anonymised data to help reduce violent crime across the capital."

  • Article: Jan 29, 2016
    • New report recommends a smarter, more flexible system of congestion charging that reflects the level of congestion when a person enters the zone
    • Introduction of an additional diesel levy on the Congestion Charge could be a 'game changer' in tackling London's appalling air pollution
    • Huge potential to encourage a higher take up of the Congestion Charge Autopay system by removing the charge for registering and developing a free, easy to use App
  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Building more affordable homes must be the top priority of the Mayor's budget is the central message of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group amendment to the Mayor's draft budget for the next year.

    Their amendment to the Mayor's budget, which will be considered later today (Wednesday 27th January) , sets out ambitious plans to dramatically increase housing investment in London by converting the current Olympic precept, which is typically £20 a year for most householders, into a new 'housing precept'.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2016

    The Mayor's obsession with the New Routemaster is forcing Transport for London to purchase more of the expensive buses for the sole reason of keeping the production line running at Wrightbus it has been revealed today.

    Transport for London's Finance and Policy Committee is set to purchase 30 more New Routemaster buses so as to "enable Wrightbus to maintain the operation of one of the two current production lines" confirming that there is no market for the New Routemaster buses outside of London.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2016

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on Transport for London's withdrawal of controversial plans to close Caledonian tube station for eight months to replace the two lifts said:

    "This U-turn by TfL is a great victory for people power. I congratulate Nigel Scott and the organisers of this excellent campaign and everyone who got behind it.

  • Zack Polanski
    Article: Jan 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have picked youth counsellor and housing campaigner Zack Polanski to fight for the Barnet and Camden seat in City Hall this year.

    Mornington Crescent resident Zack Polanski has worked tirelessly in leading the campaign to save the famous Black Cap pub on Camden High Road and was selected by the local party due to his focus on the difficulties facing private tenants across Barnet and Camden.

  • Article: Dec 21, 2015

    Over a third of hospitals in London are still failing to take part in a scheme which has been proven to dramatically reduce knife crime. The admission that many hospitals are still not sharing anonymous data collected from knife victims was made last week by Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

  • Article: Dec 21, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London's confirmation that it will be taking further steps to extend the Bakerloo Line to Elephant and Castle and Lewisham via Old Kent Road, with detailed technical work starting in 2016 said:

    "This is a great Christmas present for many parts of South East London. For far too long South East London had a poor deal in terms of its transport links so it is good news that new steps will be taken in the technical work required to deliver an extension to the Bakerloo Line.

  • Councillor Jack Cohen
    Article: Dec 17, 2015
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    "Can robots be the victims of harassment in the workplace?" - this headline caught my eye.

    The article that followed points out that the Bank of England has warned up to 15 million British jobs are under threat from automation.

    The article argues that managing a mixed workforce of both humans and virtual employees throws up a number of ethical issues, but that perhaps robots' entitlement to human rights is a debate for the future.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the commitment that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe made to her at today's London Assembly Police and Crime Committee that that Police Community Support Officers will be maintained in London and that one Police Constable and one Police Community Support Officer will remain in every ward in every London Borough said: