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Boris appoints deputy mayor for planning

The Conservative leader of Wandsworth Council has been appointed as the Mayor of London’s chief of staff and also the deputy mayor for planning.

Edward Lister will be responsible for managing Boris Johnson’s budgets and relations with boroughs in the city.

His new role will also see him ensuring that the “right balance is struck between much needed development and respecting the city’s skyline and character”.

Lister, who has led the council since 1992, was appointed following the sudden death of Sir Simon Milton, a former Westminster City Council leader, last week at the age of 49.

Johnson said: “Edward has the perfect combination of experience, character and expertise to help me lead this city out of recession and harness the unique opportunity of the 2012 Games to secure London for another generation as the best big city in the world.

“We will always mourn the loss of Simon Milton. The greatest tribute we can pay him is to deliver in the areas that mattered so much to him and improve the lives of Londoners in the great city that he loved. Edward Lister shares that goal.”

Lister said: “I’m delighted to be joining Boris Johnson to take forward his ambitious vision for this great city.

“My focus in Wandsworth has always been on improving the quality of life of our residents. I now relish the opportunity to do that on a London-wide basis.”

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