|Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience|
1 April 2018
|Member of the London Assembly|
as the 6th Additional Member
3 May 2012
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
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. She has lived and worked in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East.
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 and was elected as a Londonwide Assembly Member in May 2012. She was re-elected as a Londonwide member in 2016. Twycross sits on the Assembly's Education Panel, and the Economy Committee. 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, and as Chair from 2016 until LFEPA's 2018 abolition and her appointment as Sadiq Khan's Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience.
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. 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.
Twycross has led the Labour 999SOS campaign, fighting cuts to emergency services since its launch in October 2012. 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.