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|Caroline Valerie Pidgeon
|Leader of London Liberal Democrats|
1 May 2008
|Preceded by||Mike Tuffrey|
|Member of the London Assembly
for the London-wide
1 May 2008
|Preceded by||Geoff Pope
|Southwark Borough Councillor
for Newington ward
7 May 1998 – 6 May 2010
|Succeeded by||Catherine Bowman|
29 September 1972 |
Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Aberystwyth University |
Pidgeon was previously a councillor in Southwark from 1998 until 2010 where she became Cabinet Member for children and young people and was deputy leader of the council. As the third person on the Liberal Democrats' party list, she was elected as a London-wide member of the London Assembly in 2008. She also stood in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency, where she came second to Valerie Shawcross (Labour).
Pidgeon served as Chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee in 2009–10, having previously served as vice-chair during 2008–09. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. In April 2009 she launched the One hour bus ticket campaign, a scheme which would allow Londoners to travel for up to an hour on a single bus ticket.
Pidgeon has been a Trustee of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education since 2005 and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for public and political service.
In 2015 she declared her intention to seek the Liberal Democrat nomination for the 2016 Mayor of London election as well as putting herself forward for the Liberal Democrat Assembly list along with many other candidates including Rob Blackie, Emily Davey and fellow incumbent Steven Knight. She was selected as the mayoral candidate and first on the list of Assembly candidates. She came fourth in the Mayoral election, overtaken by the Green Party candidate, but held her seat on the London Assembly as the only Liberal Democrat.