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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.

Protecting the green belt

Helping local businesses

Fighting to defend vital local services

Recent updates

  • Councillor Duncan Macdonald
    Article: Apr 8, 2016

    Former Councillor Duncan Macdonald is the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the by-election for Underhill Ward on 5th May. The by-election, which was caused by the resignation of a Labour councillor, is taking place at the same time as the Mayor and GLA elections.

    Duncan Macdonald was a Barnet Councillor from 2005 to 2010. He has lived in Underhill for 23 years.

  • Document: Apr 6, 2016
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  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 21, 2016
    • A third of councils in London (10 boroughs) failed to prosecute a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
    • A further half of London councils (18) prosecuted fewer than 10 landlords for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
    • The one London Borough (Newham) with mandatory licensing in place for the entire year of 2014/2015 was responsible for over 70 per cent of all prosecutions in London under the Housing Act (2004)
    • There is significant variation in the level of enforcement activity by London boroughs, with some councils inspecting one in 14 private rented properties for hazards, and others only inspecting one in five hundred properties.
  • Article: Mar 17, 2016

    In 2013 just 63.3% of mothers in London were in employment, compared with 72.9% nationally, the lowest level of employment for any UK region

    Since 2012 the cost of a part time nursery place for an under 2 year old has risen by 10.5%, in contrast to an increase of 7.7% nationally

    The number of registered childminders in London has recently fallen by 13%, from 9900 in 2010 to 8585 in 2013

  • Article: Mar 16, 2016

    At Boris Johnson's last Mayor's Question Time Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group examined the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime over his two terms of office.

    The Mayor made tackling knife crime one of his key pledges back in 2008, claiming he would lead the "fightback" against violent crime.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, speaking after questioning the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Chairman and Chief Executive at City Hall today said:

    "While no one denies many great successes of the Olympic Park there still remain questions as to whether the best deal has been struck for the taxpayer.

  • Caroline Pidgeon at Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on this week's decision by TfL to not scrap the Woolwich Ferry, but instead to purchase two new vessels to replace the three existing life-expired craft said:

    "I very much welcome this back down by TfL.

    "In the rush to push ahead with the tolled Silvertown Tunnel and other road crossings TfL were willing to sacrifice the free Woolwich Ferry, which is not only popular locally but incredibly helpful for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Cllr Jack Cohen being interviewed by the BBC
    Article: Mar 3, 2016
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Times

    Barnet Council looks set to increase council tax by just under two per cent. In reality, central government controls the purse strings.

    For 2016/17, councils are limited to a two per cent hike in council tax - so any higher amount triggers a referendum.

    However, the government this time will permit an additional two per cent rise ringfenced for adult social care services. The Conservatives' proposed tax increase uses the ringfenced allowances, so council tax for all other servicer is frozen.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2016
    • Number of incidents of tube delays caused by overcrowding has doubled in the last two years
    • Tube passengers lost 280,355 hours in 2015 due to tube overcrowding - in 2013 tube overcrowding resulted in 130,813 lost customer hours
    • Jubilee Line is the worst London Underground Line for tube delays caused by overcrowding
  • 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."