Jo Johnson

From Powerbase
Jump to: navigation, search
Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson is the UK Conservative Party member of Parliament for Orpington.

In July 2019 he was appointed minister of state at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy‎‎ by his brother Boris Johnson, the incoming prime minister.

Political career

Johnson was appointed head of the Downing Street Policy Unit and a Cabinet Office minister in April 2013 as part of a cabinet shake-up designed, according to The Times, to "build bridges" with David Cameron's backbench critics and "capitalise on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher".

In July 2014 he was promoted to minister of state at the Cabinet Office while remaining head of the Downing Street Policy Unit.[1] After the 2015 general election Johnson was appointed minister for universities and science.[2]

A former financial journalist and old Etonian, he is the brother of former London Mayor Boris Johnson. [3]

Johnson is the deputy-chairman of the Indo-UK All Party Parliamentary Group and deputy-chairman of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council. [4]


Johnson joined the Financial Times in 1997, after working as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. He had two foreign postings with them: firstly as Paris correspondent (2001–05), and then as South Asia Bureau chief based in New Delhi (2005-08). In 2008 he became an associate editor of the Financial Times and head of the Lex Column. [5]


Johnson began his schooling in Brussels, at the European School in Uccle, before attending Ashdown House School in East Sussex, and then Eton College. In 1991, he went to Balliol College, Oxford to study modern history. Jo did his postgraduate studies in Europe and has degrees from two further European universities. [5]



Twitter: @JoJohnsonMP



  1. Ministerial appointments: July 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 15 July 2014.
  2. Claire Shaw Jo Johnson appointed universities and science minister Guardian, 12 May 2015, accessed 26 May 2015.
  3. Roland Watson, Cameron puts Boris's brother in the Number 10 job, The Times, 25 April 2013, p.1, acc same day
  4. Jo Johnson Conservatives, accessed 15 October 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jo Johnson GOV.UK, accessed 10 October 2014