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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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  • 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.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2014

    Ahead of the Mayor of London's expected fare announcement for transport services in London for 2015, Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, has called on the Mayor to honour his commitment to finally introduce a weekly cap on Oyster pay as you go fares in 2015.

    Explaining why a weekly cap is so important Caroline Pidgeon said:

  • Article: Nov 5, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly business spokesperson, commenting on the announcement today that the London Living Wage will increase by four per cent, from £8.80 to £9.15 per hour, and that the number of accredited companies paying the London Living Wage has doubled over the past 12 months to exceed 400 companies or organisations in the capital, said:

  • Article: Oct 27, 2014

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's launch of a consultation by the Mayor and Transport for London on an Ultra Low Emission Zone for London said:

    "An Ultra Low Emission Zone is much needed and something we have long supported. Real action is needed to end the thousands of early deaths caused by air pollution every year.

  • 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."