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Met Commissioner has made a good start, but huge work remains to be done

Commenting on the anniversary of Sir Mark Rowley's appointment as the Met Police Commissioner, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Police & Crime Spokesperson Caroline Pidgeon AM said:

“This year has been a tough year for the Met in light of the release of the Baroness Casey Review and its clear conclusions of institutional sexism, racism, and homophobia alongside bullying.

Unfair for Labour and Greens to block a retrospective ULEZ scrappage scheme

Labour and Green Party London Assembly Members voted against the Liberal Democrats' proposal to open the Mayor of London’s ULEZ scrappage scheme to retrospective applications.

An amendment brought forward by the Lib Dem group in the assembly had called on the Mayor to open his scrappage scheme to those who replaced their vehicles between January and the Mayor’s widening of the scheme in August.

A Heathrow Southern Rail link would benefit travellers and reduce road traffic

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed the Mayor's support for a rail link connecting Heathrow to south west London and Surrey, after she raised the matter in a written question in the London Assembly.

Caroline said:

"It's good to see this support from the Mayor in response to my question on a Heathrow Southern Rail Link.

A new rail link would benefit residents across southwest London and Surrey, and reduce road traffic."

Mayor's bus announcement is pre-election smoke and mirrors

Responding to Sadiq Khan's announcement of electric buses in Sutton, City Hall Liberal Democrats have accused the Mayor of using smoke and mirrors tactics ahead of next year’s London elections and of trying to hide the extent of cuts to bus services across London under his administration.

A previous Freedom of Information request by the Lib Dems showed that since Sadiq Khan came to power in 2016, his administration has presided over 19.3 million kilometres of cuts to bus routes in the capital.

Commenting, Caroline Pidgeon said:

Video recording all stop and searches is a must

Caroline Pidgeon's questions to the Mayor have revealed that since January 2022, the Met have conducted over 6,000 stop and searches without the required video recording.

Caroline said:

“We have seen over the last few decades how the disproportionate use of stop and search has led to decreased levels of trust between the police and communities. Stop and search is still being used three times more on black people in London than it is on white people.


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