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Boris Johnson announces further senior appointments to his administration
6-5-2008   222

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today announced further appointments to his senior team in City Hall.

Richard Barnes, Assembly Member, has been appointed Mr Johnson’s Deputy Mayor.

Three further appointments, which come into effect immediately, have also been announced and these are:

Ian Clement who becomes Deputy Mayor, Government Relations;

Kit Malthouse, Assembly Member, who becomes Deputy Mayor, Policing;

Sir Simon Milton who becomes Senior Adviser, Planning.

Commenting on the appointments, Boris Johnson said:

“I promised during the election campaign that I would be backed up by a strong team of advisers who will help me deliver my agenda of change for London.

“Yesterday I was able to reveal that Ray Lewis would join me in the fight against gun and knife crime in taking the important role of Deputy Mayor, Young People. Ray will work closely with Kit Malthouse who has agreed to become Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Policing.

“I’m also happy to welcome into City Hall, Ian Clement and Simon Milton, two experienced public servants who have a fantastic record of delivery in local government.

“I have no doubt that this team will back me all the way in working tirelessly for London over the coming years.”

Ends

Notes to Editors

  • Richard Barnes is the statutory Deputy Mayor
  • Follows biography of each appointment:

Richard Barnes

Richard was leader of the Conservative administration in the London Borough of Hillingdon having achieved a 14.7 per cent swing to the Conservatives in the May 1998 local elections. He has a particular interest in health equality issues, local government and campaigning against the Government's decision to close Harefield Hospital as a centre of excellence. He has a degree in economics from the University of Wales, and speaks Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and French and is learning British Sign Language.

Cllr Ian Clement

Ian has lived in London all his life and was educated at Trinity School, Belvedere. Having been elected to Bexley Council in 1998, Ian has served as Vice Chairman of the Environmental Services Committee, Chairman of the Traffic and Transport Sub-Committee, Chairman of the Environment, Transport and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, Shadow Cabinet/Opposition Spokesman for the Environment, Transport and Regeneration portfolio and Leader of the Conservative Group. He was elected as Leader of the Council in May 2006. Appointed to the Executive of the London Councils following the May elections, Ian has been the leading member of the Crime and Public Protection Portfolio. Ian has immense experience in operations management and business process from his time working in the private sector.

Kit Malthouse

After completing his degree in politics and economics at Newcastle, Kit qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an international firm in the City of London. Since then Kit's life has been split between his family, his business and London politics. In 1998 he was elected to Westminster City Council. Kit's first major job on the Council was to head up the Social Services department, dealing with the elderly, disabled, children and vulnerable people. During his time in the department he initiated a number of radical policy initiatives, most notably more than halving the number of street homelessness in the City, and steered the Department towards achieving the highest marks in the country from the Social Services Inspectorate. Kit was then elected as Deputy Leader of the Council and was appointed Cabinet member for Finance by Simon Milton, the Council Leader. During the five years he remained in this job he increased council reserves by more than £50m, delivered one of the lowest council tax levels in the country, and was part of the team that kept Westminster at the top of the league tables throughout.

Sir Simon Milton

Sir Simon Milton became Leader of Westminster City Council in May 2000. He has been a City Councillor since 1988. During his period as Leader, Westminster has achieved some of the highest ratings for public satisfaction and service approval in the country, while setting one of the lowest levels of council tax. His period of office has included the construction of the Golden Jubilee Bridges, where Westminster was the lead local authority; the introduction of four City Academy schools to the city; the creation of the CityWest ALMO to manage housing; the delivery of the Paddington Basin and Westbourne Green regeneration project; plans for the renewal of the West End and the provision of sustainable new affordable housing.

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