Two weeks ago we wrote this (emphasis added):
"Hope for the future: The team that Boris Johnson is building. It’s high calibre. We think of Tim Parker (most of all), Kit Malthouse, Dan Ritterband, Simon Milton, Anthony Browne (soon) and Guto Harri."
So we cannot be as sanguine as Iain Dale in hearing the news that Mr Parker is standing down as Mr Johnson’s Number Two. We understand the change is a friendly one and ConHome was offered a conversation with Mr Parker earlier to confirm that it was.
But, for all the reasons we expressed at the time of his appointment*, Mr Parker will be hard to replace.
* "In terms of meeting the big challenges we can take a lot of encouragement from Boris Johnson’s first moves. On Thursday the new Mayor of London announced that Tim Parker had been hired as day-to-day chief of City Hall. Mr Parker has a great record of cost-cutting in both the private and public sectors. Unsurprisingly, the left doesn’t like this inspired appointment. A record that he’ll now bring to London after years in which Ken Livingstone allowed costs and council tax to get out of control." (ToryDiary, 25th May 2008).