Jo Johnson the brother of Boris Johnson has quit as a government minister and MP on Thursday. He said there has been an “unresolvable tension” and torn between “family loyalty and the national interest.”
Johnson wrote, “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.”
A number 10 spokesperson 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.”
Johnson will step down as MP at the next general election.