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Boris nominates Simon Milton as Deputy Mayor for policy and planning

New London Mayor Boris Johnson has nominated the leader of Westminster council Sir Simon Milton as his deputy with responsibilities for planning and policy.

Milton has announced his intention to stand down as a Westminster Councillor and as Chairman of the Local Government Association, once a successor has been nominated. He replaces Ray Lewis, who stood down last week following revelations about his past.

Milton told the 'Planning in London' conference yesterday that he was a supporter of heritage buildings, and would give new tall buildings a rough ride. He is regarded as a centrist, and has been a strong supporter of Conservative leader David Cameron since he first emerged as a candidate for the Tory top job.

His stewardship of Westminster council has seen him lead take innovative approaches to outsourcing. Outsourcing of services has risen to 60%, one of the highest proportions in the country - and Westminster has ascended the league tables to be regarded as one of the country's best run.

His new appointment will be subject to the an interview panel chaired by Greater London Authority Chief Executive Anthony Mayer, which will include an independent element and a confirmation hearing, if required, by the London Assembly.

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