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Jo Johnson quits as Orpington MP & Minister

Added on: 5th September, 2019 by O1

Jo Johnson quits as Orpington MP & Minister

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Thu, 5 September 2019

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Orpington's MP Jo Johnson has today announced his resignation as Orpington MP.

In a tweet he said it had been an honour to serve as Orpington's MP but that he had been torn between family loyalty and the national interest in recent weeks.

Jo, brother of current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been Orpington's MP for nine years and was recently appointed Minister of State at the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Education.

In November 2018 he quit his role as Transport Secretary in Theresa May's government in protest over the terms on which she hoped to secure Britainís exit from the European Union. Branding the former prime ministerís Brexit plan a ďconĒ before calling for the public to be given a Final Say on any deal agreed with Brussels.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service. He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP. "The PM, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo. The constituents of Orpington could not have asked for a better representative."

Jo remains Orpington's MP until the next election.

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Paul Archer - 6 Sep, 2019 - 14:17PM

I think he has done the right thing, allbeit belatedly. It is a shame to lose a principled MP who is putting first what he believes is in the nation's interest, unlike the PM. Although I did not vote for him, he is an intelligent man who is well respected in parliament. He, like many others who's job it is to look closely at the detail of such things, believes that leaving the EU without a deal would be disastorous for the United Kingdom, and obviously no longer wishes to serve in a government which seems to be aiming for just that.

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Renť Vigna - 6 Sep, 2019 - 13:54PM

For a MP in a constituency that gave a majority mandate to leave, he has not served his constituency well, I believe he has decided to jump before he was pushed . I voted for him because he stood on a Manifesto to honour the result of the referendum. I, and I am sure most of his constituents would not have fallen for his lies again

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Mr Alan Dad - 6 Sep, 2019 - 12:22PM

I couldn't disagree with the above comment more. Jo Johnson has been absolutely hopeless as an MP. He has never represented my views when I have had concerns and just represented his own opinions. I couldn't be more pleased to see him go. Give me Boris any day.

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Jutta Hayter - 5 Sep, 2019 - 12:18PM

This is what it has come to 😢
A very sad day for Orpington indeed. Whilst not a Conservative voter, Jo has been the best MP we have had for decades. Given his family situation, this must have been a very tough decision. Orpington will be in mourning!

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