Sir Simon Milton, Deputy Mayor of London, has died after a short illness.
Sadly, Sir Simon died in hospital. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “He was a wonderful colleague and friend and will be much missed by everyone who was involved in public life in this city.
“He was kind, he was decent, and he was universally acknowledged to be brilliant at his job.
“He was a widely admired leader of Westminster Council, who played a key role in launching the first academy schools. He brought the same calm, logic and warmth to his role at City Hall.
“It is a great shock that Simon has been taken from us when he had so much still to offer.”
Sir Simon spoke at Place West London last year, covering then evolving GLA plans for the recently announced White City Opportunity Area, as well as Mayoral support for a Crossrail/HS2 interchange at Old Oak.
Place West London offers our condolences for his partner, family and friends at this sad time.