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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: Nov 25, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Chancellor's announcement in today's Treasury Spending Review that police spending will now rise in line with inflation said:

    "It is welcome news that commonsense has obviously now prevailed and that serious plans to slash the grant to the Metropolitan Police Service have now been dropped by government.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Nov 25, 2015

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly housing spokesperson, commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's proposals for housing in London which were announced in today's Spending Review said:

    "The Government's housing policies are ultimately flawed as they are stoking demand, when the real issue is the lack of supply of affordable housing.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015
    • New report reveals the scale of knife crime in London

    • Westminster politicians overlooked knife crime during the recent General Election

    • A range of policies rarely considered by Westminster politicians are now needed to make London safer for young people

    Westminster politicians are hiding from the real facts about the level of knife crime in London and its impact on young people, is the hard hitting finding of a new report on knife crime undertaken by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

  • Caroline Pidgeon attending the Space for Cycling bike ride May 2014
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    The Mayor has today said he will consider a rush hour ban of HGVs on London's roads following questioning at City Hall today by Caroline Pidgeon AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson.

    Today's questioning of the Mayor followed the presentation at City Hall of a petition organised by the London Cycling Campaign signed by over 13,000 people, calling for a rush hour ban on HGVs, better designed lorry cabs and stronger enforcement on current safety standards.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's fare proposals for 2016 said:

    "I very much welcome the extension of National Rail free train travel to under 11-year olds, ending a long standing grievance for children living in South London.

    'Under 11s already get free travel on the Transport for London (TfL) network but given that there are fewer tube lines in South London, children living South of the river have missed out for too long."

  • Article: Nov 9, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on reports in today's Financial Times that TfL is paying 500 additional workers £1.5 million a month since September for a new Night Tube that will not start until next year said:

    "Soon the Mayor will be announcing the fare changes for next year and we will discover the real price that London commuters will have to pay for the long list of the Mayor's financial blunders and vanity projects.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Nov 4, 2015

    "Making Oxford Street a place to be enjoyed, not endured" - Stephen Knight

    Petition calling for Mayor and Westminster to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020 presented to the Mayor of London today

    A petition calling for the pedestrianiation of Oxford Street by 2020 was presented today to the Mayor of London by Stephen Knight, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson.

  • Stephen Knight
    Article: Nov 2, 2015

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly economics spokesperson, commenting on today's announcement of an increase in the London Living Wage said:

    "I welcome the increase to £9.40 an hour, and I obviously welcome any new employer who signs up to pay the London Living Wage.

    "However the big picture is that the number of Londoners paid less than the London Living Wage has soared during Boris Johnson's time as Mayor of London. The estimated number of employees paid less than the Living Wage has increased by more than 50% since 2008 and now stands at over 900,000 people.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2015

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today's announcement that Lambeth council and the Garden Bridge Trust have reached an agreement over the public funding contribution from TfL towards the construction of the Garden Bridge said:

    "While I welcome a reduction in Transport for London's payment towards the Garden Bridge, today's announcement simply raises more questions than it answers, especially in light of the continued evasiveness by the Mayor of London and TfL in answering Mayoral Questions, or responding to freedom of information requests.

  • Councillor Jack Cohen
    Article: Oct 31, 2015
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    Barnet's Conservative-run council has unveiled proposals for the future of the borough libraries. It makes for grim reading.

    It is true no library will close but the reality is many will be shrunk to shadows of their former selves.

    Take my own local library in Childs Hill. The plan is to reduce the opening hours to 15 hours a week. It is currently open five days a week. This means it will be open just three hours a day.