Articles by Fiona Twycross
Fiona Twycross is a member of the London assembly

Lessons from Norway on Brexit

Fiona Twycross AM  |  29 March 2017

Instead of attempting to rerun the referendum, Labour should call for an arrangement similar to the Norwegian model, writes Fiona Twycross AM Compared to this time last year it is fair to say most members of the public know a little bit more about the relationship between Norway and the European Union than they either ever wanted to or …

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Enough to live on

Fiona Twycross AM  |  4 November 2016

This week the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled the new hourly rate for the London living wage at the start of Living Wage Week. Nationally, the living wage rate has reached £8.45 per hour. In London, recognising the expenses associated with living and working in the capital, the rate has increased from £9.40 to …

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The wheels come off the Boris wagon

Fiona Twycross AM  |  30 June 2016

Today’s announcement that Boris Johnson will not be putting himself forward as a candidate in the Conservative leadership election brought welcome relief in the headlines from Labour’s own trials and tribulations. Boris Johnson is a populist politician. The type of person people can imagine going to the pub with. A joker, a clown and a …

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Letter From … Bergen

Fiona Twycross AM  |  10 June 2016

Over 20 years ago, as a postgraduate studying Norwegian, it felt like a whole host of European Union-related career possibilities were closed down to me when Norway voted to stay out of the EU. In 1994 most of my Norwegian friends (holding generally socially progressive views) were opposed to joining. Among arguments used by them …

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An equal chance: Making apprenticeships worth celebrating

Fiona Twycross AM  |  16 March 2016

According to the government’s web page publicising this year’s Apprenticeship Week (14 -18 March), the week is ‘to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy’. The theme this year is how ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’ and there is a particular focus on how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses …

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The route-map to ending hunger in Britain

Fiona Twycross AM  |  11 December 2015

In the run-up to Christmas, with schools breaking up shortly for a fortnight, the shame of ‘holiday hunger’ and child hunger in the United Kingdom becomes even more acute and poignant. Foodbanks and food projects around the country are planning for additional need at the point at which most of us are planning to eat and …

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Playing with fire: cuts and closures

Fiona Twycross AM  |  1 October 2015

In slashing the London Fire Brigade budget by £106m Boris Johnson has forced through the closure of 10 fire stations, cut 14 fire engines and axed over 500 fire fighters. The most worrying part is that he is still not finished. Under Johnson’s mayoralty, the fire service in London has had to survive the greatest …

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Tipping point

Fiona Twycross AM  |  2 September 2015

Over the past few weeks, the extent of sharp practice over service charges and tips in the restaurant trade has been exposed with some chains charging between eight per cent and 10 per cent fees for dividing tips up between staff. In the case of Las Iguanas, waiting staff are required to pay three per …

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London’s (not) earning

Fiona Twycross AM  |  7 August 2015

Sending the strongest signal yet that the he is intent on targeting the poorest in our society, George Osborne used last month’s summer budget to announce a real-terms cut to tax credits. It was a move which will see millions of working people, already struggling to get by on low wages, unable to escape the …

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From the bearpit to the sandpit: Women hold the key to No 10

Fiona Twycross AM  |  16 April 2015

If last Sunday newspapers had suggested that childcare, not the economy, would be one of the key battleground issues emerging from the election manifesto launches this week many of us might have been sceptical. As the week has progressed, however, it has become clear that women voters are being targeted by the Conservatives ahead of …

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