The Mayor of London has confirmed that his Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise, Kit Malthouse AM, will step down from his role next month and thanked him for his service to the capital.
Mr Malthouse who is running as North West Hampshire’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in this year’s election, has spent nearly seven years at City Hall, driving the Mayor’s two key policy objectives, initially as Deputy Mayor for Policing in the first term (2008-2012), and then as Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise in the second term (2012-2015). Kit Malthouse tendered his resignation to the Mayor earlier this month. His responsibilities as an elected member of the London Assembly are unchanged. Mr Malthouse is seeking election in North-West Hampshire at the upcoming general election.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Kit Malthouse has been a vital part of my team since day one and the force of his personality, combined with his desire to lead from the front, has been key to helping us set new standards across the policing and economic briefs that he has led so successfully. He has made an immense contribution to London over the last seven years, I thank him for his service, and wish him all the very best in his future career.”
The Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise will also step down from his roles as the Vice Chair of the London Enterprise Partnership and Chair of London & Partners.
In tendering his resignation to the Mayor Mr Malthouse wrote: “I am grateful that you had the confidence to entrust me with your primary political priority in both terms of office, and that you allowed me my head in driving both the crime and economic agendas forward. It has been a singular experience. I wish you well for the remainder of your term and will do what I can to ensure it is as successful as the first seven years.”
The Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise leaves office on March 6 2015. His portfolio will be shared between a number of Deputy Mayors and senior advisors for the remainder of the Mayor’s second term.