Simon Milton (politician)

Sir Simon Henry Milton (2 October 1961 – 11 April 2011) was a British Conservative politician.[1] 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. Milton was a director of Ian Greer Associates, a parliamentary lobbying company "with close links to the Tory party" which was at the centre of the "cash-for-questions" scandal in the 1990s.[2][3][4]

Simon Henry Milton
Statue of Sir Simon Milton, Paddington Basin, London
Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning
In office
Succeeded byEdward Lister
Leader of Westminster City Council
In office
Preceded byMelvyn Caplan
Succeeded byColin Barrow
Councillor, Lancaster Gate Ward
In office
1988 – 2008 (resigned)
Preceded byPeter Hartley (resigned; Con)
Succeeded byAndrew Smith (Con)
Personal details
Born(1961-10-02)2 October 1961
London, England
Died11 April 2011(2011-04-11) (aged 49)
Political partyConservative
Domestic partner
(m. 2007)
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
ProfessionPublic relations

Early life


Milton was the son of Clive and Ruth Milton and was raised in Cricklewood, London. His father was one of the Jewish children rescued by the Kindertransport mission and brought to Britain in 1939.[5] Milton was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Chairman of the Cambridge University 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.

He stood for Parliament unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party in Leicester East in the 1997 General Election.



Milton was named a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year's honours list for services to local government.[6]

Mayor Boris Johnson's administration


With effect from 6 May 2008, Milton was appointed to the position of Senior Adviser, Planning, in the administration of London Mayor Boris Johnson.[7] This led to his resignation as a councillor. From September 2008 he became a full-time politician as the administration's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. In that role, 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 advisers, as well as the Greater London Authority budgets and administration.

Personal life


Milton was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1990. In 1998 he underwent a bone-marrow transplant. As a result, his immune system was weakened, leading to a bout of pneumonia which seriously damaged his lungs. His health never fully recovered.[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.[8]

He was a member of the West London Synagogue.[9]

Milton died on 11 April 2011, aged 49.[10]

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation

Statue of Milton near City Hall

Christabel Flight, the wife of Howard Flight, and a protégée and fellow Councillor of Milton at the City of Westminster, proposed setting up a foundation in his name. It has brought together a number of prominent trustees, mainly from the Conservative Party, many with links to Westminster Council. These include Baroness Eaton and Tony Pidgley, with John Barradell, Town Clerk of London as the chair.[11] The purpose of the charity is the promotion of Simon Milton's vision to help both young and older people in the City of Westminster, and elsewhere across London.[12]

Statues and plaques


There are five statues and plaques dedicated to Milton in public in Westminster.[13]

See also



  1. ^ a b c Travers, Tony (12 April 2011). "Obituary: Sir Simon Milton". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ Blackhurst, Chris (14 May 1994). "Tobacco Advertising: Lobby firm 'helped block smoking Bill'". The Independent. London.
  3. ^ Macintyre, Donald (21 October 1994). "The Cash-for-Questions Affair: Major rocked as payments scandal grows". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ Hill, Dave (5 November 1994). "Cover story: The Westminster boys Lady Shirley Porter is about to take centre-stage in the inquiry into the Westminster homes-for-votes scandal". The Guardian. Manchester.
  5. ^ "Sir Simon Milton". The Daily Telegraph. London. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  6. ^ "New Year's honours". The Guardian. London. 4 January 2006. p. 10.
  7. ^ Barney, Katharine; Waugh, Paul (6 May 2008). "Mayor names Cabinet members including his four deputies". London Evening Standard. London. p. 6.
  8. ^ Coleman, Brian (25 June 2007). "Thatcher the gay icon". New Statesman. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  9. ^ Lipman, Jennifer (12 April 2011). "Boris Johnson aide Sir Simon Milton mourned". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  10. ^ Geen, Jessica (12 April 2011). "Out gay London deputy mayor Simon Milton dies". Pink News.
  11. ^ "Our Trustees & Management". Sir Simon Milton Foundation. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Sir Simon Milton Foundation". Open Charities. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Simon Milton: A Man With Five London Memorials". Londonist. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Local Government Association
Succeeded by