Simon Milton

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Sir Simon Milton
Sir Simon Milton (Simon Henry Milton, 1961–2011)[1] was a Conservative politician. He lately served as London's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, and before that was a leader of Westminster City Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association.

Early life

Milton was raised in Cricklewood. He was educated at St Paul's School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Chairman of the Conservative Association and President of the Cambridge Union].[1]

He started his working career in Sharaton's, his father's business, a chain of patisserie shops and bakers with about twenty shops in North London. The business was sold to Ponti's on his father's retirement.

Westminster City Council

He was elected to Westminster City Council in 1985, becoming Deputy Leader in 1991 and leader in 2000.[2]

He was named a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year's honours list for services to local government.[3]

Greater London Authority

With effect from 6 May 2008, Milton was appointed to the position of Senior Adviser, Planning, in the administration of Mayor of London Boris Johnson.[4] This led to his resignation as a councillor. From September 2008 he became a full-time politician as the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, he was responsible for overseeing policies for the built environment. In June 2009, Milton was also appointed Chief of Staff to the Mayor, with responsibility for managing the Mayoral advisors, as well as the Greater London Authority budgets and administration. He was the Mayor's most senior appointed advisor.[5]

Personal life

Milton was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1990.[1] He and his partner Robert Davis, fellow Westminster Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, were together for over 20 years and entered into a civil partnership in June 2007.[6]

He was a member of the West London Synagogue.[7]

Milton died on 11 April 2011, after a short illness.[8] He is survived by his mother, sister and partner.[1]


Partly based on the Wikipedia article of the same name.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Travers Obituary: Sir Simon Milton, The Guardian, 12 April 2011
  2. Sir Simon Milton Foundation: "Biography of Sir Simon Milton"
  4. "Boris Johnson announces further senior appointments to his administration", 6 May 2008
  5. "Sir Simon Milton" at
  6. Brian Coleman, "Thatcher the gay icon" New Statesman, 25 June 2006
  7. Jennifer Lipman, "Boris Johnson aide Sir Simon Milton mourned" The Jewish Chronicle, 12 April 2011
  8. [1] Jessica Geen, "Out gay London deputy mayor Simon Milton dies", Pink News, 12 April 2011