Jo Johnson, Boris Johnson’s brother has resigned as a ministed and MP for Orpington
He has spent nine years as an MP for Orpington and was appointed earlier this year by his brother as Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department of Education.
In a tweet, he wrote: “It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs.
It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout
— Jo Johnson (@JoJohnsonUK) September 5, 2019
“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister.”
He did not make it clear if the resignation would take immediate effect or if it would be in the event of a snap election.
He took up a junior ministerial post in Mr Johnson’s government this summer, but his tweet indicates that he felt he could not continue to serve his brother.
Labour MP Ian Murray tweeted: “Even Boris Johnson’s brother knows that he can’t be trusted to make decisions in the national interest. This is devastating from Jo Johnson
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