New London Mayor Boris Johnson has admitted in correspondance with the Green Party that his planning adviser, Simon Milton, will not be under employment by the GLA and so will not be required to reveal hospitality or gifts.
Green Party London Assembly Member Darren Johnson said: ‘It is without precedence for anyone working for the Mayor, especially in such a senior position, to be beyond all rules governing how they go about their work.
‘To follow Sir Simon Milton’s advice on some of the most valuable real estate in the world, without any formal checks on what may have influenced his view, shows a worrying disregard for the principles of good governance by London’s Mayor.
‘This is unacceptable from an administration that was elected on a promise of "making London’s Mayor accountable" and "ending the culture of cronyism at City Hall".’
It is just the latest piece of controversy to arise since Milton’s appointment in May. There was uproar in the GLA when it transpired that Milton would not be resigning from his position as councillor at the City of Westminster, which many claimed was a breach of local government employment rules (AJ 15.05.08).