London Assembly Autumn Report

From the building safety crisis and inclusivity, to clean air, flooding and EU citizens rights: read all about what Caroline Pidgeon and Hina Bokhari have been working hard on in the London Assembly. 

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How Welcome Are We?

When my father arrived here in the 70’s he came with lots of hope and desire to contribute to Britain. In Lahore, he was taught by British teachers who had stayed after India and Pakistan became independent in 1945. My dad would look at paintings of the Queen and sing the national anthem and be told that he was a valued member of the commonwealth and that he made Britain ‘Great’. It’s because of this I grew up in a ‘royalist’ household and we religiously watched the Queen’s Christmas speech every year and stood up when we heard the musical notes of ‘God Save the Queen’. And yet from the day my dad arrived in London, he was called Paki (because it was funny), saw landlords refusing to let him rent properties (until his white friends asked) and being passed over for promotion by every white inexperienced colleague. Despite the casual and overt racism, my father loved this country and he did feel welcome. Strange but true.

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Response to SWR Timetable Consultation

Liberal Democrats across London and the South West are extremely concerned about the proposals to cut services from their local stations, and the timing and the process for this consultation. This feels like a top down plan for managing trains and budgets, instead of a proposal which is truly passenger focused.

Liberal Democrats urge SWR to stop these short-sighted proposed changes and ensure that South West London sees better, not worse, train services in future.

Read the full response below.

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The First 100 Days

100 days ago I had the honour of being elected as a Liberal Democrat London-Wide Assembly Member. We doubled our representation at City Hall and became a group again, with Caroline Pidgeon as the leader. 

I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of hundreds of members and activists, the fantastic team of GLA candidates, team members led by Anood Al-Samerai and the inspiring Mayoral candidates Luisa Porritt. Thank you to all who achieved this result. 

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Face coverings being maintained on TfL services is the right decision – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, speaking about the Mayor's decision on wearing face masks on TfL Services, said "This is a welcome decision which I have been urging the Mayor to make."

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Dear Sadiq Khan - it's time to act on cladding

Hina Bokhari AM has written to the Mayor of London to urge him to act on the cladding scandal after the London Assembly backed the Liberal Democrats' motion on fire safety

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London Lib Dems call for bus services to be protected

Liberal Democrat MPs, assembly members, council leaders and councillors have called for bus services in London to be protected ahead of a review by the Government later this year.

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Hina Bokhari wins London Assembly's support for victims of cladding scandal

Hina Bokhari proposes the motion

The Mayor of London should boycott developers who have failed to take action on their buildings at risk of fire, the London Assembly said this week after backing a Liberal Democrat motion. 

 

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Caroline Pidgeon welcomes return of option to pay cash at most tube and DLR stations

Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed news that Transport for London have listened to Londoners and announced they are to restore the option to pay cash for tickets at "the vast majority of Tube and DLR stations from today."

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Caroline Pidgeon unites London Assembly in call for safer stations

The London Assembly has unanimously backed Caroline Pidgeon's call for tactile paving at all the capital's stations. 

On 26 February 2020, a blind passenger tragically died after falling from platform 1 of Eden Park station in Beckenham.

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