We are very sad to hear of the death yesterday of Sir Simon Milton, deputy mayor of London, chair of the Local Government Association and former leader of Westminster Council. He was only 49.
We did not agree with Sir Simon's politics but we respected his love for local government and his dedication to improving it. We admired his brains, ability and gutsiness and enjoyed his eminently reasonable manner and dry, occasionally frisky sense of humour. At times, he seemed to be the only capable person in Boris’s administration.
We will miss him. Our thoughts go out to his partner Robert.