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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: Jul 31, 2015

    Transport for London has now accumulated almost £170 million from money left on unused Oyster cards it has been revealed today. The amount is made up from deposits (£83.2 million) and the Pay As You Go balances (£85.6 million) left on Oyster cards which have not been used for over a year.

    The cash pile from unused Oyster cards has been steadily growing since the start of Oyster in 2003. A recent written Mayoral question asked by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, revealed that when Boris Johnson first became Mayor in May 2008 the amounts left on dormant Oyster cards was just £4.25 million in Pay As You Go balances and £2.81 million in deposits.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports that 200 New Routemasters will have failing batteries replaced under warranty and that on occasions the buses are running entirely on the diesel engine said:

    "The Mayor has repeatedly boasted about the New Routemaster, yet this is further evidence that the claims made by the Mayor and TfL are just rhetoric and do not match the reality on the ground.

  • Cllr Jack Cohen being interviewed by the BBC
    Article: Jul 17, 2015
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    BARNET Council has announced yet another restructuring, appointing 20 directors and assistant directors.

    Yet still it cannot get broken pavements fixed.

    There was an extraordinary long queue of disgruntled residents at my ward surgery last week, all of them frustrated by the council's failings.

    Planning was top of the list, followed by highways and housing.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Home Secretary's decision to not grant permission for the use of water cannon in England and Wales said:

    "After carefully examining the evidence the Home Secretary has made a wise decision.

    "Water cannon run the risk of innocent people being injured and would certainly undermine policing by public consent.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's report from King's College London revealing that air pollution causes 9,400 premature deaths in London every year said:

    "This report more than triples the previous estimate of deaths caused by air pollution in London and confirms that this is the second biggest public health killer to smoking.

    "The 9,400 Londoners who face an early grave due to air pollution provides 9,400 reasons why faster action needs to be taken to tackle air pollution.

    "It is highly disappointing that only last week the Chancellor's Budget failed to reform Vehicle Excise Duty to discourage more polluting diesel vehicles. It is equally disappointing that the Mayor's proposals to tackle air pollution in London have been so timid since he came to office in 2008. A big switch towards zero emission electric buses and taxis, not diesel hybrids, is now vital in London. Bringing forward the start date of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and real moves to tackle air pollution in places such as Oxford Street must now happen."

  • Caroline Pidgeon and Vince Cable protesting against the third Heathrow runway in 2008
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the support for a third Heathrow runway by the Davies airport commission said:

    "This much delayed report simply repeats many outdated arguments in opting for a third Heathrow runway.

    "However many conditions are set ultimately a third Heathrow runway will have devastating consequences for a large section of London in terms of noise and increased air pollution.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Jun 29, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement that London is set to trial the world's first purpose-built double decker electric bus said:

    "It is encouraging that a fully electric double decker bus is at last to be trialled."

    "Yet while celebrating this development let's not pretend for one moment that London is leading the way in delivering electric buses.

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly housing spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement of four further Housing Zones across London said:

    "These proposals have some merit but the big picture is that the Mayor has ultimately failed to deliver anywhere near enough affordable homes.

  • Caroline on London Cycling Campaign Big Ride 28.4.2012
    Article: Jun 18, 2015

    At Mayor's Question Time today the Mayor made the stark admission that his commitment made in 2012 to triple the number of cycle super-highways by 2015 will not now be met.

    When the pledge was first made four cycle superhighways existed in London. The Mayor now admits that only eight will now be completed by the end of the year. The Mayor also demonstrated his lack of attention to detail when he revealed that he wasn't even aware that he had cancelled Cycle Superhighway 6 (linking Penge to the City).

  • Article: Jun 18, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM commenting on reports that Transport for London are now considering removing buses from Oxford Street said:

    "Transport for London's new thinking of Oxford Street is long overdue. The case for pedestrianising Oxord Street has never been stronger.

    "Oxford Street is currently one of the most dangerous roads in the UK. One person is knocked down by traffic on Oxford Street every five days. The diesel fuelled buses and taxis that stutter along it have produced the highest known concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide anywhere in the world.