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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

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and policing spokesperson, commenting on today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on how the Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with budget pressures said:

    "The overall judgment given to the Met Police Service's record so far is encouraging, however we cannot hide away from the fact that severe pressures will face the Met, starting from 2016.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    New figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, have revealed the Metropolitan Police Service are subsidising gun owners by millions of pounds each year.

    Last year over £3 million was spent by the Met in issuing gun licences, and since 2008 the total cost to the Met has been in excess of £20 million. Yet with the annual cost for a gun licence being just £10 (£50 for a five year licence) the amount raised by the licence fees is now just a quarter of the real bill facing the Met in carrying out vital checks before issuing gun licences.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published said:

    "It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world."

  • Document: Jul 13, 2014
  • Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest Airports Commission's inner Thames estuary studies, revealing significantly higher estimated costs for train and road links to the proposed airport than previously suggested by the Mayor said:

    "These latest reports are a potential death blow to the Mayor's dream of creating a massive airport located in the Thames estuary.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record said:

    "These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014

    The Mayor of London has accepted that real action is needed to better safeguard children who go missing from the care of local authorities in response to questions put to him by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group.

    Earlier this year Caroline Pidgeon published a report Looked After Children: Missing From Care, based on freedom of information requests made to every London Borough. Her report revealed that across London 931 looked after children went missing from the care of London Boroughs in 2012 and 2013 for at least 24 hours.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on Transport for London's plans to make it easier for customers to get a refund for a delayed tube, DLR or London Overground journey said:

    "For far too long very few passengers have actually received the compensation they are entitled to. Millions of passengers have simply missed out because the process has been far too complicated and long winded.

  • Councillor Jack Cohen
    Article: Jun 20, 2014
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    EVERY vote counts - as proved by the fact that I was re-elected by nine votes. I am disappointed that my two colleagues in Childs Hill were not successful, though.

    Clearly, we suffered on account of the unpopularity of our national party. I now have to adjust to being the sole Liberal Democrat on Barnet Council.

    Curiously, the only Lib Dem councillors on Brent and Camden councils both also represent wards which cover Cricklewood. I am back on the area planning subcommittee - and that's about it.

    Unless there is a major upset at the upcoming Colindale ward election, the Conservatives will have an overall majority of one. I suspect my vote is going to make a difference sooner or later.

    Mind you, the annual council meeting made me wonder whether it is all worthwhile. I have never seen such a shambles of a meeting, or such crass behaviour by the Conservatives.

    Why local politics have to be so tribal is beyond me. So for my part I intend to do what I was elected to do, to put the interest of the residents first.

    I am heartened by the good wishes of so many local people - and no sooner had the votes been counted than my email box was buzzing with all the usual issues that local people are concerned about.

    In a way I am glad I am not tied down so much any more to committee meetings and all the petty politicking that goes with it. I'll leave that to the Tories and Labour.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's agreement to his request at today's Mayor's Question Time to put air pollution alerts on the www.london.gov.uk website said:

    "Air pollution causes the premature death of an estimated 4,250 Londoners each year and the Mayor has a clear legal duty to improve public health in London. Yet until today he had repeatedly refused to issue air pollution information to Londoners. His agreement today to start doing so is therefore a very significant step that shows he is at last taking some responsibility for the problem.