London’s former deputy mayor for policy and planning has died after an illness

Sir Simon Milton, London’s former deputy mayor for policy and planning, has died aged 49. He passed away in a London hospital after a short illness.

Milton was council leader at Westminster city council for eight years before mayor Boris Johnson appointed him as deputy mayor in 2008.

During his time at City Hall, Milton supported the mayor on strategic planning applications and focused on Greater London Authority budgets as Johnson’s chief of staff.
He chaired the Local Government Association and was knighted for services to local government in the New Year’s Honours list in 2006.

Paying tribute, Johnson said: “He was a wonderful colleague and friend and will be much missed by everyone who was involved in public life in this city.

“It is a great shock that Simon has been taken from us.”