Mayor of London Boris Johnson pays tribute to Sir Simon Milton’s ‘One City’ vision

Headline Date 11-06-2015

Mayor of London and Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson gave the inaugural Sir Simon Milton Lecture last night (Wednesday June 10th) at an event hosted by News UK in their London Bridge offices and co-sponsored by the Northbank and Victoria BIDs.

Mayor of London and Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson said:

Sir Simon was one of the most brilliant politicians of his generation with his overarching vision of ‘One City’ based on a strong sense of social responsibility within communities. He anticipated so much of what is now the spirit of the modern Tory party of a dynamic market economy working with excellent public infrastructure recognising the need for crucial, sensible and moderate ‘One Nation’ policies to address the vast inequalities that exist in London.

Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of the Northbank BID and the Victoria BID who co-sponsored the event said:

We are committed to supporting The Sir Simon Milton Foundation’s innovative and ambitious programmes delivered at street level. The challenge across Westminster is clear. Despite areas of affluence, there are pockets of deprivation and high youth unemployment. More than 20% of 18-24 year olds in Westminster are not in education, employment or training. We also support Sir Simon’s vision that the older population in Westminster should feel part of the fabric of society.

Sir Simon Milton had a distinguished career as the highly respected Leader of Westminster City Council, Chairman of the Local Government Association and Deputy Mayor of London prior to his premature death at the age of 49 in 2011. Sir Simon’s overarching vision was of London as a caring city that offers opportunity for all. The Westminster based Sir Simon Milton Foundation was established in 2012 to build on the success of his ‘One City’ policy – a landmark initiative that aims to provide young people with jobs and training and ensure that older residents  are involved in and looked after in the community.

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