Simon Milton (politician)
Sir Simon Henry Milton was a British
British people
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Conservative Party (UK)
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 politician. He lately served as London's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, and before that was a leader of Westminster City Council
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 and Chairman of the Local Government Association
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Early life

Milton was the son of Clive and Ruth Milton and was raised in Cricklewood
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. He had one sister, Lisa. He was educated at St Paul's School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
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, where he was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association
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 and President of the Cambridge Union
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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
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. The business was sold to Ponti's on his father's retirement.


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

Appointment to Mayor Boris Johnson's administration, 2008

Effective 6 May 2008, Milton was appointed to the position of Senior Adviser, Planning in the administration of London Mayor
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 Boris Johnson
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. This led to his resignation as councillor. From September 2008 he joined became full-time 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 advisors, as well as the Greater London Authority
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 budgets and administration. He was the Mayor's most senior appointed advisor.

Personal life

Milton was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1990. 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.

He was a member of the West London Synagogue
West London Synagogue
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Milton died on 11 April 2011, after a short illness. He is survived by his mother, sister and partner.
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