Caroline Pidgeon is not new to media interviews. With her foot firmly in London politics since 1998 - a former Southwark councillor, London wide Assembly member and chair of committees within City Hall - she is well rehearsed in the protocol during campaign time.

Yet behind the constructed sentences on what Londoners need from the 2016 election was a woman who clearly loves meeting and talking to the people who matter - the voters.

Every so often, she stopped to acknowledge people in the coffee shop she knew and start chatting, only to be told by her companion she had a strict schedule to stick to - "sorry, I just love talking to people."

"I've spent so much time with the candidates now, you get to know them doing the circles," she told getwestlondon.

"Sometimes you find they're such lovely people, but their views are really quite different to what I believe in.

"Peter Whittle for example, talk to him about anything other than immigration and he is a lovely man, but some of his views on immigration are just...not in line with our parties at all."

"I want to introduce half prices fares before 7.30am for commuters"

Her policies on what is deemed as the crucial issue for Londoners - housing - are, she puts it, simple.

"I will build tons of new houses, more than we have built in a generation" she said.

"One in four will genuinely be affordable."

The issue, she believes, all ties in with other major changes the city needs to undergo, including changes to the transport system.

"I want to keep investing in transport, keep it expanding" said the Mayoral hopeful.

The Lib Dems main selling point on the travel front is the introduction of half price fares before 7.30am for commuters, as well as a one hour bus ticket to reduce the cost.

She added: "This is particularly for low income Londoners."

No airport expansion supported by the Liberal Democrats

When questioned on the much awaited answer surrounding a prospective third runway expansion at Heathrow Airport, she explained the party does not support any kind of expansion at either airports.

"We need to improve the surface transport access to the existing airports" said Caroline.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto clearly states they are opposed to and will continue to fight against Heathrow's third runway and as Mayor, she has no intentions of going back on the issue.

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Turning to the matter of safety and security, the candidate was adamant there was a lot to be done to reverse the policing cuts, but community work and PCSO's need to be at the heart of London's safety.

After a campaign process which she said "she loves, you get to meet so many people in the city", Caroline said if she didn't come out as winner, she hopes to be elected as a London Assembly member.