|Kit Malthouse AM|
1 May 2008
|Preceded by||Angie Bray|
|Born||1966 (age 43–44)
Kit Malthouse (born 1966) is Deputy Mayor of London with responsibility for the Metropolitan Police. A politician and writer, he is a Conservative and a member of the London Assembly representing the West Central constituency, which encompasses the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
A former city councillor and Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council in London he is a member of the Conservative Party. Malthouse is also a director of Alpha Strategic PLC , a fund of hedge funds listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. He has contributed on a number of occasions to The Times and is married to Juliana Farha.
Malthouse was born on October 27, 1966 in the Toxteth area of Liverpool in the North West of England. He was educated at Liverpool College. later he studied Politics and Economics at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, under Professor Hugh Berrington, one of the last great academic Liberals, and Professor Michael Clarke, now Director of the Royal United Services Institute. On graduation he moved to London.
Kit trained to be a Chartered Accountant at Touche Ross & Co (now Deloittes), qualifying in 2004. He then left and worked as Finance Director of the Cannock Group of companies. He led the management buyout of the part of that group called the County Holdings and is now chairman of the company. In 2006 he was a founder director of Alpha Strategic PLC where he also remains as a director.
Malthouse was elected to the council in May 1998 representing St George's ward in the Pimlico area of central London. Following boundary changes he was re-elected in May 2002 for Warwick Ward also in Pimlico.
Within the first 12 months Malthouse was appointed as Chief Whip of the Conservative Group, and shortly thereafter, following a change of leader to Sir Simon Milton he was appointed Chairman of the Social Services Committee. Two years later he was elected Deputy Leader of the Council and became Cabinet Member for Finance.
During his time on the Council Kit was involved in a number of high profile campaigns:
Malthouse has campaigned since 2000 for British laws to outlaw the use of telephone booths by prostitutes to advertise their services. He states that this practice is detrimental towards the appearance of the city and disturbing for residents and families, and that this advertising fuels gang controlled prostitution and the trafficking of women across Europe.
Malthouse also publicized the use of cellular phones for soliciting prostitution. He and some colleagues stood at the Oxford shopping district in London, handing out fake prostitution advertisement cards which included the names and business telephone numbers of cellular telephone company executives. The cards urged people to ring and protest at the company's inaction. Many of the owners received calls from would be prostitute clients and protesters that day. Three companies started barring numbers, possibly in response to the resulting negative publicity. Vodafone, the biggest provider in the United Kingdom, refused to co-operate. Following the general barring of numbers, most pimps and prostitution gangs moved their business to Vodafone and other cellular companies that did not ban this advertising.
Malthouse challenged the results of the 2001 population census, which he said seriously underestimated the population of the City of Westminster. Following a two year battle with the Office for National Statistics the City of Westminster population was revised upwards by 10%. and a review of future census methodology was commissioned
Malthouse argued against the introduction of the London congestion charge, opposing it on the grounds that the idea should not be first introduced in the biggest city in England, and that London was already one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world: he also insinuated that the purpose of the whole scheme was to plug Transport for London's budgetary shortfall.
As Deputy leader of the council Malthouse was responsible for agreeing to a £12.3M settlement with Shirley Porter over the £27M pound surcharge imposed on her as a result of the Homes for Vote gerrymandering fraud scandal. Porter in fact fled to Israel to avoid paying the settlement, where she remains still.
On 26 March 2007 he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the London Assembly seat of West Central. The Assembly elections took place on 1 May 2008 and Malthouse won comfortably, taking 53% of the vote.
Effective 6 May 2008, Malthouse was appointed Deputy Mayor of London, Policing by London Mayor Boris Johnson. In October 2009 he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority by the Mayor, and in the same month assisted Boris Johnson in his defenestration of Sir Ian Blair, The Metropolitan Police Commissioner. During the first few months in office Malthouse was also responsible for a wholesale change amongst the members of the Police Authority, and a restructure of the organisation. In October 2009 he made light of the deployment of routine armed police patrols on the streets of London without the approval of the Mayor, Police Commissioner or Metropolitan Police authority and accused Green GLA member Jenny Jones of being hysterical for complaining.
Malthouse is a member of the board of the Association of Police Authorities and the London Regional Resilience Forum. He also sits on the Ministerial Steering Group of the London Criminal Justice Board.
Following the resignation of Ray Lewis Malthouse also inherited responsibility for devising the Mayor's youth plan, designed to produce long term cultural change in those young people drifting into crime and violence. The plan, called "Time for Action" was published in November 2008.