Orpington MP Jo Johnson vows to continue serving constituents after Downing Street promotion

PUBLISHED: 15:16 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 30 April 2013

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

Orpington MP Jo Johnson


Orpington MP Jo Johnson has vowed to continue campaigning for his constituents after being parachuted into a top role at Downing Street.

The former Financial Times journalist and younger brother of London Mayor Boris, who became an MP in 2010, was made a Cabinet Office minister last week as head of David Cameron’s new Conservative policy unit.

Like Mr Cameron and his older brother he was educated at Eton before going to Oxford University where he became a member of the Bullingdon Club, a group known for its outlandish behaviour.

He said: “I am proud of the opportunity to serve my country and my party. I look forward to working with David Cameron to help shape and deliver the policies that will make the UK stronger, fairer and more prosperous, and ready to meet the challenges of the coming decades.

“I will continue to represent Orpington residents and campaign for them on the most important issues – securing high quality local healthcare in the town centre, delivering improved and more affordable transport links for commuters and protecting Orpington’s green and open spaces.”

Political commentators mused over his new role, with Bruce Anderson, former political editor of The Spectator saying: “As a new MP, Jo has shown little interest in personal publicity and has been content to work away quietly.

“Yet he is no less ambitious than Boris, merely more realistic. He has the qualities for his office. If he could also borrow some of his brother’s animal magnetism... who knows how high?”

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