Jo Johnson, a staunch supporter of India, quits as an MP and minister, saying he is “torn between family loyalty and the national interest” …. reports Asian Lite News

Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is resigning as an MP and minister, saying he is “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”, BBC reported.

As a former University Minister Jo took many initiatives to improve Indo-UK ties in the education sector.

He is holding the business minister portfolio and represents Orpington, south-east London. At the last general election, Jo held the seat by a 19,461 majority. He is expected to stand down at the next general election, rather than leaving Parliament immediately and prompting a by-election.

Mr Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 EU membership referendum, while his brother co-led the Leave campaign. He resigned as a minister last year in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal. But he re-entered government during the summer, after Conservative Party members elected his brother as leader.

Mr Johnson tweeted: ‘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.’

“The prime minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service. He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

“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.”

Dr Rami Ranger CBE and Atul Patak with Jo Johnson at the Conservative Black & White party at Montcalm, Brewery




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