Minister for London and Minister of State for Transport

Jo Johnson MP


Jo Johnson was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London on 9 January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Orpington in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015.


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

Jo was Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July 2016 to January 2018. He was head of the Downing Street Policy Unit and served as Minister of State at the Cabinet Office from July 2014 until May 2015. He served as an Assistant Government Whip from September 2012 until July 2014. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from April 2013 until July 2014.

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 to 2005), and then as South Asia Bureau Chief based in New Delhi (2005 to 2008). In 2008 he became an Associate Editor of the Financial Times and Head of the Lex Column.

Minister for London

The minister is responsible for:

  • London

Minister of State for Transport

The minister is responsible for:

  • rail
  • rail industrial relations
  • rail security
  • smart ticketing
  • devolution (including Transport for the North)
  • Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • Crossrail2

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Minister of State for Universities and Science

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Minister of State for Cabinet Office

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Constitutional Reform)

    • 2013 to 2014


  1. Innovative ideas to transform UK rail in line to bid for millions in government grants
  2. £200 million Derby rail upgrade works to deliver more reliable services and tackle bottlenecks, says Rail Minister
  3. Compensation boost for northern passengers as 'delay repay' is extended
  4. Reducing cost pressures in the rail industry: letters to rail unions and Rail Delivery Group
  5. Train firms and tech experts unite to revolutionise rail travel
  6. Department for Transport to invest record amounts in small businesses
  7. Annual update on Crossrail 2018
  8. UK and French Transport ministers meet
  9. Resilience work on key south west rail route firmly on track, says Rail Minister
  10. Network Rail vegetation management: Chair appointment and terms of reference