- London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
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.
It consists of 17 Members, appointed annually by the
Mayor of London, nine nominated by the party groups on the London Assemblyand eight nominated by the London Boroughsthrough London Councils, in accordance with their respective political balances.
It was formerly known as the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority (LFCDA) and had been under the direction of the
Greater London Council(GLC). In 1986when the GLC was disbanded, the LFCDA became a joint-board, made up of councillors appointed from the London boroughs. The LFCDA was reconstituted under its current name on July 3, 2000, coming under the control of the newly created Greater London Authority.
Review of Powers
Under its [http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1500896 Review of GLA Powers] , the government is proposing to replace one London Assembly member and one London Councils member with two mayoral appointees. It also proposes that the Mayor shall have a power of direction over LFEPA. If approved by parliament in a new GLA Act these changes will come into effect in 2008.
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 minority Londoners on the authority." [http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=12375] . The " Evening Standard" reported that the mayor's political opponents were likely to seek a High Court injunction to reverse the decision [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=462863&in_page_id=1770] . A compromise was eventually reached whereby the Mayor replaced one of the male Conservative London Assembly Members, Robert Blackman, with Angie Brayand appointed the London Councils' nominations on a temporary basis until August [http://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/news.php?slug=LFEPA-Nominations-Go-Ahead&article_id=699] . These appointments have now been extended until June 2008 or the passage of the new GLA Act through Parliament.
Liaquat Ali, Labour, Borough representative London Borough of Waltham Forest
Ed Butcher, Liberal Democrat, Borough representative London Borough of Haringey
Brian Coleman, (Vice Chair), Conservative, London Assembly representative Barnet and Camden constituency
Roger Evans, Conservative, London Assembly representative Havering and Redbridge constituency
Betty Evans-Jacas, Labour, Borough representative London Borough of Lambeth
Rebekah Gilbert, Conservative, Borough representative the London Borough of Bromley
Maurice Heaster, Conservative, Borough representative London Borough of Wandsworth
Peter Hulme-Cross, One London, London Assembly representative London-wide Member
Darren Johnson, Green, London Assembly representative London-wide Member
Geoff Pope, Liberal Democrat, London Assembly representative London-wide Member
Murad Qureshi, Labour, London Assembly representative London-wide Member
Navin Shah, Labour, Borough representative London Borough of Harrow
Colin Tandy, Conservative, Borough representative London Borough of Bexley
Mike Tuffrey, Liberal Democrat, London Assembly representative London-wide Member
*Cllr John Whelan,(Deputy Chair), Conservative, Borough representative
London Borough of Lambeth
Fire service in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/lfepa/lfepa.asp LFEPA Website]
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