Monday, 14 July 2008

Tim Parker to 'resolve' Simon Milton legal problems

Boris Johnson's senior planning advisor may be forced to stand down as a Westminster Councillor, because of a possible breach of the law, it was revealed yesterday.

Speaking on the BBC London Politics Show, the first Deputy Mayor Tim Parker said that an announcement on Simon Milton's situation would be made within "the next day or two,"

Asked by Tim Donovan whether Milton's positions as a councillor and as an advisor breached the Widdecombe rules he replied:

"I think that is a matter which will be resolved very shortly. It is a matter for debate as it happens."

Pushed on whether Milton would be forced to step down from one of his positions he replied:

Parker: Yeah, we are currently looking at the exact interpretation of Simon's situation. I know we have a proposal which we will certainly be announcing in the next day or two. 

Donovan: Right. We may presume that one of those roles he will have to give up? 

Parker: I wouldn't presume anything at this stage. 

Donovan: It's pretty difficult to get a kind of straight (answer) 

Parker: I do think that we will arrive at a situation where you won't be sitting here in a weeks time saying 'what's going to happen with Simon?'

Donovan: So that's true then.

Tim Parker's concession that Milton's employment situation will have to change comes after Boris Johnson told the London Assembly that he had received 'watertight' legal approval on the appointment. 

In reply to a question from Labour Member John Biggs, he said:

I do not want to be unnecessarily pernickety about this but we made it absolutely clear that this is not in breach of the law or the Widdicombe Rules.

But as Team Boris rush to pre-empt the upcoming investigation into their appointments so far, things do not seem so 'absolutely clear' any more.

Dave Hill has an update on his blog. It looks like Milton may soon be having himself fully deputised. This is getting beyond a joke now. Anyone else fancy a vanity title? I'm sure Boris has a few more of them lying about somewhere.


Chris said...

It seems their legal advice on Milton is as watertight as their belief in the probity of Ray Lewis. Lesson to self Boris - think before you open your gob!

Toneytony said...

First James Whale, then Brian Cooke, then James McGrath, then Ray Lewis and now possibly Simon Milton.

It's really not safe to associate with Boris Johnson if you fancy keeping your job.

The Tory Troll said...

Maybe this was more effective than I had thought ;)

Chris said...

"I'm sure Boris has a stash of them lying about somewhere."

In a 'secret basement' perhaps?

Anonymous said...

He just looksevil!

Helen said...

Boris's personnel strategy came from Roger The Dodger in The Beano.

I bet if you look back through old editions you'll find a letter from Boris, asking for advice from Roger The Dodger's Dodge Clinic. In Latin.

The Tory Troll said...

Given recent events I would say that this little fella might have been more of a role model.

Simon said...

David Boothroyd, a Westminster Labour cllr has this to say:

"Sir Simon has agreed a concordat which is aimed at allowing him to remain Mayoral adviser and retaining his post as councillor for Lancaster Gate ward. It will be debated by the Standards Committee tonight. So far as the GLA is concerned, he has no contract of employment; if he were to have, then it would be likely that he would be disqualified under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 ('Widdicombe Rules').

I think it's fair to say that the Labour group on Westminster, and on the London Assembly, have many concerns about this irregular arrangement."

The Tory Troll said...

They're not the only ones. Dave Hill is reporting a rumour that there will be a double resignation tomorrow whereby Milton will resign from both Westminster and the LGA.

It was always clear (even to an armchair expert like myself) that he couldn't take up his role with Boris whilst carrying on with his other roles. I just don't know why it has taken them almost three months to admit it and sort it out.

harold said...

I would tend to agree with Helen, except that Roger the Dodger almost certainly had a better development strategy, although his Latin marks never matched Boris.

angelneptunestar said...

In a press conference, when Tim Parker was speaking, some lights suddenly flashed and then broke....they could not be made to work again.

It is a sign. You all may think differently to me, but I would not want your blood on my hands. Mock Boris at your peril and mock Tim Parker NEVER. save yourselves, start praising the Boris mayoralty, before worse happens..... (Read the story "The Passing of the Runes" and take pieces of paper from NOBODY,)

The Tory Troll said...

You are actually starting to threaten us now. I am becoming seriously worried.

angelneptunestar said...

Adam, I am trying to save you. (ps. lights not working is an infallible sign of being a Prince of Darkness.) In "The passing of the Runes" by Montagu James, it is discovered that people die because someone has passed them a piece of paper without their knowledge, covered in runic symbols. Then something very bad comes and gets you.

ps. You started this with bat pictures, what do you know that you aren't saying?

The Tory Troll said...

I have no idea what you are talking about.