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Fiona Twycross

Fiona Ruth Twycross (born 29 May 1969) is a Labour Party politician. She was born in South London before moving to Oxford. She studied at Cheney School in Oxford before going on to study Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in contemporary Scandinavian literature. She subsequently studied Public Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London.[1] She has lived and worked in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East.

Career

Prior her election as a member of the London Assembly, Twycross worked for Diabetes UK, as Head of Governance having previously worked as the charity's Head of Campaigns and Volunteer Development. She has also worked for the Labour Party as Regional Director in Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East, and was Agent for the Sedgefield by-election in which Phil Wilson MP replaced Tony Blair after his resignation from parliament.

Twycross was placed third on Labour's Assembly list for the 2012 London Assembly election[2] and was elected as a Londonwide Assembly Member in May 2012.[3] She was re-elected as a Londonwide member in 2016.[4] Twycross sits on the Assembly's Education Panel,[5] and the Economy Committee[6]. Twycross was a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) from 2012 until its abolition in 2018. She served as Labour Group Leader on the Authority from July 2013,[7] and as Chair from 2016 until LFEPA's 2018 abolition[6] and her appointment as Sadiq Khan's Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience.[8]

As well as the Labour Party, Twycross is also a member of the Co-operative Party, the Fabian Society and the Socialist Health Association.

Campaigns and activities

Twycross has led a number of campaigns since being elected to the Assembly, notably leading a London Assembly investigation into the rise in food poverty in London which called for London to be a Zero Hunger City.[9] Boris Johnson subsequently adopted the goal as part of his 2020 vision making London one of just two cities worldwide to sign up to the UN's Zero Hunger Challenge.[10]

Twycross has led the Labour 999SOS campaign, fighting cuts to emergency services since its launch in October 2012.[11] In her former role as the London Assembly Labour Group's Economy spokesperson, Twycross challenged former Mayor of London Boris Johnson over low pay and poverty in London and over the use of zero hours contracts at City Hall.[12]

In September 2013, Twycross co-founded the Labour Campaign for Universal Free School Meals with the GMB Union and Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council.[13]

In November 2018, London joined the 100 Resilient Cities project and Twycross was appointed to the role of City Hall's Chief Resilience Officer by Sadiq Khan.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Fiona Twycross | » About Me". fionatwycross.org. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Labour announces London Assembly candidates | LabourList". labourlist.org. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Meet The New London Assembly Members: Fiona Twycross | Londonist". londonist.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Results 2016 | London Elects". londonelects.org.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Committee details - Education Panel | Greater London Authority". london.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Dr Fiona Twycross - London City Hall | Greater London Authority". london.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "London Fire Brigade - Member details - Dr Fiona Twycross AM". moderngov.london-fire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Twycross is appointed as London's Deputy Mayor for Fire | Inside Croydon". insidecroydon.com. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "A Zero Hunger City - Tackling food poverty in London | Greater London Authority". london.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Interactive timeline | Greater London Authority". london.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Fiona Twycross | » 999 SOS". fionatwycross.org. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Boris Johnson under fire over zero-hours contracts at City Hall | UK news | The Guardian". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Free school dinners all round, regardless of income | Education | The Guardian". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "London joins world cities to prepare for economic and social challenge | London City Hall". london.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019.

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