Ken Livingstone has today announced the appointment of 6 ‘policy directors’ to assit him in delivering his policies for London. The six, who previously served as advisors to Mr Livingstone, are as follows:
Neale Coleman, director of business planning and regeneration
John Ross, director of economic and business policy
John Duffy, director of environment
Lee Jasper, director of equalities and policing
Murziline Parchment, director of major projects and service delivery
Redmond O’Neill, director of transport and public affairs & deputy chief of staff.
The Mayor also appointed former Tory Assemble member, Eric Ollerenshaw to the board of the London Development Agency. Mr Ollerenhaw lost his seat in June 10th’s elections and was highly praised for his hard work and energy at the first meeting of the new Assembly on Friday.
Under the Greater London Authority Act the Mayor has the power to appoint individuals to assist in delivering his election promises. Announcing the appointment of the six, Mr Livingstone said: “On 10 June London’s voters affirmed support for the direction of the policies that I have been implementing for the last four years and their desire for those to be continued and developed.”
Three additional (posts director of media and marketing, a head of the European office and a chief of staff) will need to be advertised as they are either new or currently vacant.