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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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  • Cllr Jack Cohen being interviewed by the BBC
    Article: Dec 21, 2014
    By Clr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    APPARENTLY 2014 has been the year of the selfie. Of course, self-portraits are nothing new. Rembrandt, Raphael and Van Gogh all painted themselves.

    Over this festive period no doubt there will be many more selfies taken, especially from politicians wanting make sure that their voters see them with the good and the great.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the decision by the Mayor of London's office to give planning permission for the Garden Bridge:

    "There can be no denying that numerous questions still remain over the long term maintenance funding of the bridge and who will ultimately be picking up the bill."

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on TfL's proposals announced today to increase cycle hire charges for many users of the scheme said:

    "Under the cloak of 'simplification' the Mayor and TfL were hoping they could push through increases in the cycle hire scheme
    for many users of the scheme, without anyone noticing.

    "To attempt to push through such increases in such an underhand way, just two years after the doubling of fees is insulting in the extreme.

    "These further increases in fees should have been included in TfL's recent annual fare announcement.

    "The cycle hire scheme needs to expand across London, starting with its expansion into Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

    "At the same time a dramatic increase in users would take place if it was simply easier to hire a bike using Oyster and contactless payment.

    "Making these changes should be the Mayor's first priorities, not underhand increases in charges."


  • Caroline Pidgeon at Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on news that the cable car appears to have no regular commuters, following a freedom of information request made by Darryl Chamberlain of the 853 blog said:

    "It is amazing that the cable car had no regular customers during a recent week in October.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has responded to Transport for London's consultation on the extension of the Bakerloo Line highlighting the vital need for a two branch extension of the line.

    Welcoming the consultation Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "I am delighted that this consultation has received so much attention and that due to the active work of MPs such as Simon Hughes so many people have responded. It is vital that the voices of people from South East London are heard.

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  • Councillor Jack Cohen
    Article: Dec 7, 2014
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    EARLIER this week I heard about an email alert concerning a "weird" looking person seen in the road. I think it meant to say "someone behaving suspiciously".

    Language is so important - and never more so than when it comes to the issue of mental health. Too many people with mental health problems are being detained in police cells or end up in prison.

    That is why I want to pay tribute to Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb, who has made it his job to tackle the scandalous treatment of mentally ill people.

    I think, according to the statistics, something like one in four people will, at some time in their lives, suffer from mental health problems.

    Mr Lamb uses the term "parity of esteem" to highlight the differential treatment between physical and mental illness. Mental health patients do not have the same rights as patients with a physical condition.

    Believe it or not, this is enshrined in the NHS constitution. There is no target time to be seen by a consultant. Indeed the consultant can decline to see the patient.

    Mr Lamb intends to sweep all of this away. Mental health will be placed on a par with physical illness - and about time to. Mr Lamb deserves credit for tackling an issue that for so long has remained hidden in the shadows.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2014

    After extensive questioning by Assembly Members it has been revealed that by 2020 - the starting date for the Mayor's proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London - the 306 Euro V New Routemaster buses will be central London's dirtiest most polluting buses, emitting around 5 times the NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) pollution of other buses.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on ClientEarth's case against the UK government over its failure to tackle air pollution said:

    "This is an incredibly welcome decision. No one can choose not to breathe the air around us so the right to breathe clean air is fundamental.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the 2015 TfL fare package announced today said:

    "The Mayor's proposals to put up fares in general by 2.5 per cent next year will hit hard many people and households. His proposed rise in fares would have been even higher if the Treasury had not stood in.