London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

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London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
London Fire Authority Logo.jpg
Abbreviation LFEPA
Predecessor London Fire and Civil Defence Authority
Formation 3 July 2000
Founder Greater London Authority Act 1999
Type Fire authority
Legal status Functional body
Purpose Make key decisions on London Fire Brigade strategy, policy and budget
Headquarters London Fire Brigade
  • Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LL
Region served
17 appointed members
Fiona Twycross
Parent organisation
Greater London Authority
Website LFEPA

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


Members for 2014/15 are as follows:[1]

Member Party Appointment
Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE, JP Labour Borough
Cllr Tony Arbour JP, AM Conservative London Assembly
Cllr Gareth Bacon AM Conservative London Assembly
Mr David Cartwright QFSM Conservative Mayoral
Cllr Mike Fisher Conservative Borough
Cllr Susan Hall Conservative Borough
Cllr Sarah Hayward Labour Borough
Cllr Maurice Heaster OBE Conservative Mayoral
Cllr Jack Hopkins Labour Borough
Cllr Darren Johnson Green London Assembly
Cllr Stephen Knight AM Liberal Democrats London Assembly
Andrew Dismore AM Labour London Assembly
Valerie Shawcross CBE AM Labour London Assembly
Cllr Pauline Morrison Labour Borough
Dr Fiona Twycross AM Labour London Assembly
Cllr Martin Whelton Labour Borough

The current chair is Fiona Twycross, who was appointed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in May 2016[2]


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."[3] The Evening Standard reported that the mayor's political opponents were likely to seek a High Court injunction to reverse the decision.[4] 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.


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