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Boris hails brother Jo's fantastic victory

PUBLISHED: 13:01 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

FAMILY AFFAIR: Above, Rachel, Boris and Stanley Johnson at the count.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Above, Rachel, Boris and Stanley Johnson at the count.

THE Mayor of London has praised the fantastic success of his brother Jo Johnson, who swept into Westminster with a huge majority.

THE Mayor of London has praised the "fantastic" success of his brother Jo Johnson, who swept into Westminster with a huge majority.

Boris Johnson joined his younger brother in the early hours of last Friday morning as his Orpington result was declared at Bromley Civic Centre.

They were also joined by father Stanley, 69, who was Tory MEP for Wight and Hampshire East between 1979 and 1984, sister Rachel, editor of The Lady magazine, and businessman brother Leo.

Speaking as his brother's victory was announced, the Mayor of London said: "I think that Jo's campaign has been fantastic.

"He has worked unbelievably hard and I am sure he will be a very diligent servant of the people of Bromley."

After a nudge from his sister, the Mayor corrected himself: "I mean Orpington."

Mr Johnson senior, defeated by the Lib Dems when he stood as a Conservative candidate in Teignbridge in 2005, had some words for any critics of his son who would say he has no personal ties to what is now one of the Tories' safest seats.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted. Particularly moving from my point of view is that Jo really is a local.

"My parents were married in St Mary's Church in Bromley."

Jo's sister Rachel caused a stir on the web when she suggested Boris should become leader of the Conservatives after a disappointing result for David Cameron.

Her message on the social networking site Twitter, while she was in Bromley waiting for her brother's result, read: "It's all gone t*ts up, call for Boris.

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