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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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  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The long term future of Oxford Street as an international shopping centre will only be secured if it moves towards permanent pedestrianisation, says a new report out today by Stephen Knight, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson. The report argues that Oxford Street will fall further behind other shopping centres, both in the UK and around the world, unless serious problems with congestion, pollution and safety are finally resolved.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the recommendation today by the London Health Commission that Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and 25,000 acres of parks in the capital should go smoke free said:

    "Huge changes have taken place in public attitudes towards smoking and it is important that this continues. It is now hard to even imagine that 30 years ago smoking was not only permitted on London Underground trains but was also routine in most offices.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the announcement that funding has been confirmed to install step free access at Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell stations ahead of Crossrail fully opening in 2019 - meaning all Crossrail stations within London will be step free - said:

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the decision by Addison Lee founder John Griffin to fund the first 500 schools-based air quality sensors to monitor air quality through the 'AirSensa' project said:

    "John Griffin's generous funding of this scheme is of course very welcome, but it is sad state of affairs when basic health checks for London's school children are reliant on funding from owners of a minicab firm.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    On the day that tickets for London's New Year's Eve firework display go on sale Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

    "It was only last week that it was suddenly announced that the Mayor planned to scale down the New Year's Eve firework display to just 100,000 people who could afford to pay £10 for tickets, including children.

    "The fact that tickets are going on sale today shows that a decision was made many months ago, yet the details of the contract have not come under any scrutiny at all. Sadly decisions made behind closed doors often end up with disastrous consequences.

    "If the real aim was to manage crowds and protect public safety the far better option would have been to have further sponsored firework displays along the Thames, or in other locations across London.

    "Instead the Mayor is foolishly making the New Year's Eve firework display an exclusive event and providing massive opportunities to ticket touts. I also fear that far from protecting public safety there will be serious policing issues just outside the 'pay zone'.

    "The Mayor's New Year Eve fireworks plans expose his total lack of ambition for London. It is possible to have New Year's Eve fireworks' displays in central London which are free, safe and accessible for everyone."

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    A Transport for London consultation on new river crossings in east London, which closes this week, is far too centred around motorists and completely overlooks the need for significant improvements in public transport in south east London, is the key message made by Caroline Pidgeon AM, in the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group's consultation response.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The Mayor of London has promised to write to all hospitals across London to ensure that anonymous data about violent incidents is shared with the police to ensure there is effective action to tackle knife and other violent crime hot spots, following questioning by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group. The Mayor has also agreed, if it is necessary, to call a summit at City Hall to ensure that the full adoption of the crime prevention model.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's proposals to introduce a £10 charge to view this year's New Year's Eve fireworks said:

    "London's New Year Eve fireworks showcases the capital to the world and we should delight in its growing popularity which mirrors the growing popularity of London as a place to visit.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, speaking ahead of the rollout of contactless payment ('wave and pay') to Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London, from tomorrow (Tueday 16th September) said:

    "Providing an additional form of payment for passengers is welcome, as long as it is nothing more than an additional form of payment and people are not pushed into having to use it.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's comments made at today's House of Commons environment audit committee on the issue of air pollution said:

    "While the Mayor of London is right to call for action by central government to help motorists switch away from diesel vehicles such a call for action should not deflect attention from the Mayor's own poor record, which has been quite frankly appalling in tackling air pollution in London.