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Tories opt for Boris's brother

PUBLISHED: 10:09 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 12 August 2010

BORIS Johnson s younger brother beat five other candidates to secure his bid to become an MP. Financial Times journalist Jo Johnson, 37, who lives in Camden with his wife and two children, promised to set up a family home in Orpington within a month in

BORIS Johnson's younger brother beat five other candidates to secure his bid to become an MP.

Financial Times journalist Jo Johnson, 37, who lives in Camden with his wife and two children, promised to set up a family home in Orpington within a month in preparation for his quest to become the area's MP.

Mr Johnson said it took six rounds of voting by members of Orpington Conservative Association to select him as prospective parliamentary candidate last Friday.

The Oxford graduate said: "My immediate priorities are to get cracking on the campaign. We are very concerned about anti-social behaviour and the spill-over from Orpington College.

He listed "protecting Orpington from overcrowding, reviving the High Street, ensuring good NHS services and trying to do something about overcrowding on rush-hour trains" as other priorities.

Despite inheriting a majority of more than 5,000, Mr Johnson said winning was not a done deal and that there was still plenty to do in terms of campaigning.

Asked what his brother thought of his selection, he said: "He's thrilled, of course. This is a place that's close to us as a family. I know people can look at us as outsiders but this is where we first moved to. I'm particularly delighted to come back to this place.

"I am looking forward very much to becoming a local myself and will be finding a place in the constituency as soon as possible. This is where my grandfather started off in the UK between the wars after he was exiled from Turkey. He married my grandmother in Bromley in 1936 and they lived very happily here."

Current Tory MP John Horam is retiring at the next election. He has served Orpington for 18 years.

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