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Theresa May unlike the Mayor has shown commonsense on water cannon – Caroline Pidgeon

March 11, 2015 5:40 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the announcement that the Home Secretary is refusing to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London said:

"Unlike the Mayor the Home Secretary is showing commonsense on this issue.

"Water cannon runs the risk of injury of innocent people and it will certainly undermine policing by public consent. Yet at the same time it is an ineffective tool to manage serious public disorder situations.

"The Mayor has stubbornly pushed ahead with spending public money on water cannon and is now left with obsolete machines and the embarrassment of this waste of money."

ENDS

  1. Caroline Pidgeon's submission to the MOPAC consultation on the adoption of water cannon: http://www.carolinepidgeon.org/files/docs/watercannonconsultationresponse.pdf
  2. On the 14th February 2014 a motion was passed by the London Assembly opposing the adoption of water cannon in London. The motion proposed by Caroline Pidgeon was passed with 20 votes in favour, with just 5 London Assembly Members voting against. https://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-press-releases/2014/02/assembly-tells-mayor-not-to-pour-money-down-the-drain-on-water
  3. Following an extensive investigation the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee published a report rejecting the use of water cannon: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/publications/water-cannon