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Mike Tuffrey

Mike Tuffrey profiled by The Guardian

15 May 2011 , ,
London Assembly member (and, I hope, Lib Dem Mayor candidate) Mike Tuffrey is profiled by Dave Hill over in The Guardian today: Lack of ambition, in his view, has marked the first eleven years of mayoral rule. He credits Boris with engendering lots of small scale activity but, “When I stand back and ask what […]
Mike Tuffrey

Survey shows Tuffrey beating Opik 5:1 for Lib Dem Mayor candidate selection

9 May 2011 , , ,
Over on Lib Dem Voice, my co-editor Stephen Tall has been writing up the results of the latest survey of Liberal Democrat members he has carried out. This one included a question about who members would choose as the party’s candidate for Mayor of London: 10% – Lembit Opik 56% – Mike Tuffrey 18% – […]

Opinion: Why Mike Tuffrey should be our candidate for Mayor of London

28 March 2011 , , , ,
Over the weekend I started up a ‘draft Mike Tuffrey‘ page on Facebook to encourage Mike Tuffrey, one of our London Assembly members, to put his name forward as our candidate for the 2012 Mayor elections. Imagining your fantasy perfect candidate is always fun (a cross between Paddy Ashdown and Shirley Williams perhaps?) but as [...]

Lembit Opik: vote for my libertarian agenda

21 March 2011 ,
Yesterday’s BBC Politics Show included a feature on Lembit Opik’s hopes to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. It’s still available online to watch (see here; it starts at 47:42). Most notable was the news that no Liberal Democrat MP, GLA member or council leader in London is backing him, that he [...]
London Underground Tube Map - Highbury & Islington detail

The new London tube map

8 March 2011 , ,
[UPDATE: Another update of the London tube map came out in April 2011, with Tottenham Court Road migrating westwards, and a further update in August 2011.] Yesterday was my first sighting of the latest edition of the London Underground’s Tube map, March 2011 edition. The main change is the addition of the new stretch of […]

Review of London elections calls for changes in law ahead of 2012

The London Assembly has called for changes in the law ahead of the 2012 London Mayor and Assembly elections, following a review of the lessons from last year’s council and general election in London. Two issues are likely to meet widespread support, namely the problems of voters being intimidated and people being left still queuing [...]
Caroline Pidgeon, Lynne Featherstone, Martin Newton and Oyster cards

Yikes – the chances of me being overcharged with Oyster are rather too high for comfort

25 February 2011 , , , , ,
The two tube stations I use most frequently both feature in the list of stations where the most money has wrongly been taken from people using Oyster cards. The figures have been dug out by Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon and show that £862,000 was wrongly taken off passengers at Oxford Circus in […]

Unpaid Congestion Charge fees and fines by embassies set to break £50m barrier

4 February 2011 , , ,
As of yesterday, the total in unpaid Congestion Charges and penalties run by embassies in London was £49.4m and at the current rate of growth that figure will break the £50m barrier later this month. Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has said, “The amount in unpaid Congestion Charges and Penalty Charge Notices owed [...]

Memo to London government: what bears do in woods, birds do in trees

2 February 2011 ,
Looks like someone forgot to think about what birds do in trees when it came to locating this bike hire rank at the corner of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place:

Brian Coleman: the secret shrinking violet

10 January 2011 , , ,
It’s not often that Conservative London Assembly Member Brian Coleman comes over as a shy, quiet, introverted man who likes to shun the public spotlight. But I’m sure that’s why he is proposing to ban members of the London Fire Authority from asking him questions at future meetings. Nothing to do with wanting to avoid [...]