Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson

Member of Parliament for Orpington

Jo Johnson was returned to Parliament as the MP for Orpington in May 2015 for a second term, after increasing his majority to 19,979.

Jo was appointed Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation by the new Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2016. Intellectual Property was added to his brief in January 2017. The role is split between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education.

Jo served under David Cameron from May 2015 to July 2016 as Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Jo was appointed Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board in April 2013, a position he held until the General Election in May 2015, serving first as Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office and then in July 2014 as Minister of State for the Cabinet Office.

Jo served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills between December 2011 and September 2012, and then took up a position as a Government Whip.

He was an elected member of the Public Accounts Committee between 2010-11. PAC members are elected by other MPs to scrutinise public sector spending for value for money and effectiveness. Prior to his election to Parliament, Jo spent thirteen years at the Financial Times, working in a variety of roles, including Associate Editor & Editor of The Lex Column (2008-2010), South Asia Bureau Chief (2005-2008) and Paris Correspondent (2001-2005).

Jo worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank before joining the FT in 1997.

Jo’s books include Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership (Academic Foundation 2011, with Dr Rajiv Kumar), and Une Faillite Française (Albin Michel, 2002, with Martine Orange), which was published in the UK and US as 'The Man who Tried to Buy the World' (Penguin, 2003).

Jo was a scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a first class degree in Modern History in 1994. He also has an MBA from INSEAD and a licence spéciale from the Institut d'Etudes Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he was a Wiener-Anspach Fellow.

A Londoner by birth, Jo is married with two children.

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