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Orpington MP Jo Johnson still doesn't live in the borough

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

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An MP who made pre-election promises to live in the borough has not kept his pledge 18 months down the line.

Orpington MP Jo Johnson, younger brother of London mayor Boris, said he would make a family home in his constituency ‘within a month’ when he was competing to be Conservative candidate in December 2009. He has refused to answer questions on the subject.

Mr Johnson, who lives in Camden, says he is trying to buy a home but would not say whether he had made any offers or whether his children and wife would live with him, as he said initially.

He said: “Since I moved out of temporary rented accommodation in Orpington last year, I’ve been looking for a permanent base.

“I believe I’ve now found one and am in the process of trying to purchase it, without drawing on any Parliamentary expenses.”

Asked how long he had spent living here in total or whether his children would enrol at school here, he responded by email: “I have nothing else to say on this matter.”

Chairman of Vinson Close Residents’ Association John Epton said: “He should stick by his promise. If he had no intention of moving here he shouldn’t have said it.

“It doesn’t seem practical or realistic to keep two homes an hour from each other.

Mr Johnson used to write full-time for the Financial Times. He still contributes on a monthly basis, for which he is paid £1,000 for two hours work

Old Hill and Cudham Lane North residents chairman Keith Heffer added: “It is preferable to have an MP in the area but it is not a necessity. It is annoying when they make promises and break them though.”

However, Secretary of Chelsfield Park Residents’ Association Philip Lamprell said: “I don’t mind if he doesn’t live here. He is a good MP who is approachable and doesn’t ride on the back of Boris.”

The other two MPs representing the borough, Bob Stewart for Beckenham and Bob Neill for Bromley, both live in their constituencies.

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