London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

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London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
PredecessorLondon Fire and Civil Defence Authority
SuccessorLondon Fire Commissioner
Formation3 July 2000
FounderGreater London Authority Act 1999
Dissolved1 April 2018
TypeFire authority
Legal statusFunctional body
PurposeMake key decisions on London Fire Brigade strategy, policy and budget
HeadquartersLondon Fire Brigade
  • Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LL
Region served
17 appointed members
Dr Fiona Twycross AM
Parent organisation
Greater London Authority

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) was a functional body of the Greater London Authority (GLA), established under the Greater London Authority Act 1999. Its principal purpose was to run the London Fire Brigade. The 17 members of LFEPA were appointed annually by the Mayor of London. Eight were nominated from the London Assembly, seven from the London boroughs and two were Mayoral appointees. It replaced the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority, on 3 July 2000.

Under the Policing and Crime Act 2017, LFEPA was abolished in April 2018 and replaced with the London Fire Commissioner, a new governance arrangement within the Greater London Authority.[1]


Members for 2016/17 were as follows:[2]

Member Party Appointment
Cllr Tony Arbour JP, AM Conservative London Assembly
Cllr Gareth Bacon AM Conservative London Assembly
Cllr Fiona Colley Labour Borough
Cllr Leonie Cooper AM Labour London Assembly
Cllr Emma Dent Coad Labour Mayoral
Andrew Dismore AM Labour London Assembly
Cllr Florence Eshalomi Labour London Assembly
Cllr Susan Hall Conservative Borough
Cllr Sarah Hayward Labour Borough
Cllr Jack Hopkins Labour Borough
Cllr Mehbood Khan Labour Mayoral
David Kurten AM UKIP London Assembly
Cllr Oonagh Moulton Conservative Borough
Cllr Caroline Russell AM Green London Assembly
Dr Fiona Twycross AM Labour London Assembly
Cllr Martin Whelton Labour Borough
Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs Labour Borough

The current chair is Dr Fiona Twycross, who was appointed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in May 2016.[3]


In June 2007 the Labour Mayor, Ken Livingstone, refused to re-appoint all but one of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat LFEPA members on the grounds that "the nominations failed to tackle the under representation of women and Black, Asian and ethnic Londoners on the authority."[4] The Evening Standard reported that the mayor's political opponents were likely to seek a High Court injunction to reverse the decision.[citation needed] A compromise was eventually reached whereby the Mayor replaced one of the male Conservative London Assembly Members, Bob Blackman, with Angie Bray and appointed the London Councils' nominations on a temporary basis until August.[5] These appointments were extended to June 2008.


  1. ^ "Governance - London Fire Commissioner".
  2. ^ Brigade, London Fire (14 November 2011). "London Fire Brigade - Authority and Committees".
  3. ^ "London Mayor Sadiq Khan reveals majority of top team are women". BBC News. 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Greater London Authority - Press Release". Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
  5. ^ "LFEPA Nominations Go-Ahead | MayorWatch®". Archived from the original on 8 February 2008.

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