Jo Johnson quits as UK universities minister and MP
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s brother Jo Johnson quits from his position as a member of parliament and as the universities minister.
Having served as the Conservative Party MP for Orpington since 2010, Jo Johnson sent out a tweet announcing his resignation in the past hour.
Johnson also held the post of the UK’s Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation since July 2019, a role he has held as part of his brother’s government.
He previously also held this role from may 2015 to January 2018, when he quit to take up a new position as Minister of Transport.
Johnson is notably a Remain-backing MP, whilst his brother PM Boris Johnson is one of the faces of the Brexit-backing Vote Leave campaign in the United Kingdom.
Jo Johnson quits with a tweet
In his tweet, Jo Johnson quit by stating: “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.”
Johnson served in the governments of Prime Minister David Cameron as well as Prime Minister Theresa May, before joining his brother Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.