Ministerial role

Parliamentary Secretary


Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit.

Current role holder: Jo Johnson MP

Jo Johnson has been the Member of Parliament for Orpington since the general election in May 2010. He currently serves as Parliamentary Secretary and Assistant Government Whip.


Jo 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.

A French speaker, Jo did his postgraduate studies in Europe and has degrees from 2 further European universities.

Political career

On 12 December 2009, Jo was selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Orpington. He was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Jo joined the Financial Times in 1997, after working as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. He had 2 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.

Personal life

Jo lives in London with his wife, Amelia Gentleman. They have 2 children.


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