Lister joins Boris as Deputy Mayor
Release date: Monday 18th April 11
Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister is to take over as the Mayor of London’s chief of staff and deputy mayor for planning.
Cllr Lister, who has led Wandsworth since 1992 succeeds Sir Simon Milton who died last week. He is expected to begin work at City Hall next month.
Under Cllr Lister's leadership Wandsworth became the most successful value for money local authority in the country - combining a four star Audit Commission rating for excellence with the country's lowest council tax bills and top satisfaction ratings from its residents.
He has been a leading campaigner on environmental, quality of life and transport issues and played a lead role in forming the all-party alliance in south west London that defeated plans to expand Heathrow. He was also a member of the Forensic Audit Team appointed by the Mayor following his election in 2008.
He will manage the Mayor's budgets, relations with the boroughs and ensure City Hall continues to deliver the Mayor's priorities.
With specialist knowledge of planning, Cllr Lister is ideally placed to advise the Mayor and ensure the right balance is struck between much needed development and respecting the city's skyline and character.
He is currently leader of the Conservative Group on London Councils.
Cllr Lister said: "I am incredibly proud to be following in Sir Simon's footsteps and excited to be joining Boris's team at City Hall.
"This is a great time to become involved in the running of London. It's uniquely placed to attract investment in new development that will improve the quality of life for Londoners.
"It's a huge wrench to be leaving Wandsworth. We have a superb team which is committed to showing how a local council can deliver modern, effective services at a price people can afford."
The Mayor said: "Edward has the perfect combination of experience, character and expertise to help me lead this city out of recession and harness the unique opportunity of the 2012 Games to secure London for another generation as the best big city in the world."
Cllr Lister is currently chairman of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Strategy Board where he worked alongside Sir Simon. The board comprises major landowners and developers, the GLA and Wandsworth and Lambeth councils.
The board is driving investment throughout the VNEB area which includes the new US Embassy and the proposed Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station. The area has potential for 16,000 new homes and 25,000 jobs and is the biggest regeneration opportunity in central London.
Cllr Lister is also a leading champion for Localism. Before last year's General Election Cllr Lister co-authored 'A Magna Carta for Localism' with the leaders of Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham councils setting out policy options for the new Government.
'Magna Carta II', which will be published next month, will develop the case for financial freedoms for local government.
Cllr Lister's appointment at City Hall means he will stand down as leader of Wandsworth Council.
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Congratulations Mr Lister. We will be sorry to see you go but if you can bring Wandsworth's value for money culture / mega efficient to City Hall it will be worth it.Merlin HUTCHINGS, Battersea
18 April 2011
Good-byeBrian Barnes, Battersea
20 April 2011