Following the speculation of today, Simon Milton has resigned from both of his posts, and has been nominated as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. He will regain his salary and join the swelling ranks at City Hall.

The Press release reads thus:

“Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today nominated Sir Simon Milton as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. Sir Simon 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. His appointment as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning will be subject to the appropriate procedures, with 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.”

Milton’s resignation comes just before a debate on the possible breaching of the Widdecombe rules. Remember Boris saying that his appointment was legally ‘watertight‘? I suppose, once again, that we’ll never know.

Tips of the hat to Tory Troll in the comments and Dave Hill for the press release.

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