Sir Simon Milton announced today that he would resign from Westminster Council and the Local Government Association after it became clear that his position at City Hall was in breach of rules established to prevent corruption.
Milton, who will now regain the salary he lost will take up a seat among the ever-growing legion of Deputy Mayors at City Hall.
The news that he was about to resign his posts and become Deputy Mayor for Planning was broken after persistent questioning from blogger and journalist Dave Hill.
But it comes just one day before he was due to appear before the Assembly, and just minutes before he was apparently due to appear in front of a Westminster Council Scrutiny Committee to discuss a possible breach of the Widdecombe rules.
All of which leads the Troll to suspect that Milton may have jumped before he was pushed.
In a written statement, the Mayor's spokesman said:
"Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today nominated Sir Simon Milton as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. Sir Simon has announced his intention to stand down as a Westminster Councillor and as Chairman of the Local Government Association, once a successor has been nominated.
His appointment as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning will be subject to the appropriate procedures, with an interview panel chaired by Greater London Authority Chief Executive Anthony Mayer, which will include an independent element and a confirmation hearing, if required, by the London Assembly."
The concession comes after months of insistence from the Mayor that Milton's position was legally 'watertight'. However, his enforced resignations would now clearly suggest otherwise.
Labour's leader on the London Assembly Len Duvall said today:
"Boris Johnson knew Sir Simon's appointment was in breach of the law and that if he hadn't taken action to resolve this fiasco someone else was about to. Of course we welcome his belated decision to do the right thing and step down but the Mayor could have resolved this and spared everyone's blushes weeks ago had he bothered to pay attention to the rules.
This has been very slap-dash in handing out titles and positions to people. This is the latest blunder that proves he should have taken a little more time and paid more attention to the rules before rushing ahead with politically expedient appointments."
The decision to ask Milton to resign from his other posts comes after it was revealed that Milton was to be exempted from the City Hall ethics code.
Crucially it also comes in advance of the investigation into the botched appointments made so far by City Hall.
However, despite the long delay, the decision is clearly the right one and clears up what was for me the biggest question mark hanging over Boris's appointments.
And with Lewis gone and Milton's position now seemingly resolved, we should hopefully see our Mayor begin to get on with running London any time soon.