Caroline Pidgeon to lead two key London Assembly committees

Liberal Democrat group leader Caroline Pidgeon will chair two key scrutiny committees on the London Assembly after Labour refused to take on their share. 

Caroline has been elected to chair of the Transport Committee and of the GLA Oversight Committee for the year ahead. London Lib Dems' newly elected Assembly member Hina Bokhari was elected deputy chair of the Economy Committee. 

The Lib Dems were originally due to chair one committee, but stepped up after Labour pulled out of their allocation of five committees. 

Caroline Pidgeon said: "It is with sadness and regret that a four-party agreement has not been reached on the allocation of Chairs of Committees based on Assembly seats. 

"Over the last week every effort has been made to reach a four-party deal for chairing Assembly Committees according to the number of seats from the election. Up to the eleventh hour every effort was made.

"Sadly Labour chose not to join us, declining key Chairs this year including Police, Fire and Health."

Hina Bokhari said: "I'm delighted to have been elected Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee. I'm looking forward to working with and representing Londoners as we recover from Covid 19."


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