Orpington MP Jo Johnson handed Cabinet Office role by prime minister David Cameron
PUBLISHED: 09:47 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 25 April 2013
Prime minister David Cameron has promoted Orpington MP Jo Johnson to become a Cabinet Office minister as his new head of policy.
Mr Johnson will be based at Downing Street and will work on Conservative, not coalition, policy in a role that has previously been filled by civil servants and political advisors.
The appointment has been made to address the PM’s worries that number 10 is currently not political enough, neglecting to draw up policies that are popular with traditional Conservatives.
Some have suggested that the appointment of the Orpington MP marks the beginning of a more Thatcher-style policy unit at the heart of government.
He will be assisted in his new role by a newly-created Conservative Parliamentary Advisory Board, consisting of several MPs who have rebelled against the coalition government.
The former Financial Times journalist is considered by many as a potential future prime minister and rival to his elder brother, Boris.
Like his eldest sibling, he too attended Eton College along with Mr Cameron - where he was a member of the notorious Bullingdon club.