Minister for London and Minister of State for Transport

Jo Johnson MP

Biography

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.

Education

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

Announcements

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  1. May timetable disruption: launch of inquiry

    • News story
  2. Jo Johnson visits northern staff and passenger groups in Manchester

    • News story
  3. Faster journeys, more seats and better compensation for passengers in next East Midlands franchise

    • News story
  4. East Midlands rail franchise invitation to tender

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Transport Secretary and Rail Minister meet MPs from across country to tackle rail disruption

    • News story
  6. Plans to tackle Northern rail issues top priority

    • News story
  7. Minister for London visits Thames Tideway Tunnel as multibillion engineering project gets underway

    • News story
  8. Rail Minister launches review of tree cutting alongside rail lines

    • News story
  9. Ministerial correction to closing speech on Thameslink upgrades across the south east

    • Statement to Parliament
  10. New independent appeals process to protect passengers issued with penalty fares

    • News story