Thu, 5 September 2019
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.