BORIS Johnson’s younger brother Jo has QUIT as a Tory MP today after being “torn between family loyalty and the national interest” in a dramatic split over Brexit
Remainer Jo, 47, who served as a sciences minister in his brother’s cabinet, revealed the shocking news this morning – in another blow to the Conservatives.
He tweeted: “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”
Jo is not believed to have given his colleagues any warning about his shock decision this morning.
He is the 23rd Tory MP to either quit or be sacked in the past two days – after Boris’ rebel purge and Philip Lee defecting to the Lib Dems.
Jo is also Boris’ first major ministerial resignation since he became PM in what has been a galling 48 hours in the Commons.
Immediately Tory big beasts weighed in to the news of his resignation.
Ex-Tory rebel David Gauke said today: “Lots of MPs have had to wrestle with conflicting loyalties in recent weeks. None more so than Jo. This is a big loss to Parliament, the Government and the Conservative Party.”
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”
And Margot James, who was also booted out after voting against Boris this week, said: “If I thought my decision had been difficult it was nothing compared to yours
@JoJohnsonUK. I am utterly humbled by your action and statement today.”
Best for Britain chief executive Naomi Smith, who wants another referendum, said: “Boris Johnson has already managed to lose his Parliamentary majority, his first three votes, his first by-election and now his own brother.
“This is the evidence that Johnson and Cummings have no great plan, only a misguided, blind belief in their own alleged abilities. It is time for this madness to stop.”
The former Orpington MP voted Remain in 2016 and called for a second referendum on Brexit.
He said: “What is now being proposed won’t be anything like what was promised two years ago.
“Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War.
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“I believe it is entirely right to go back to the people and ask them to confirm their decision to leave the EU.”
However, he seemingly performed U-turn when Boris came to power and was appointed minister for universities and science, a role he held from 2015-2018.
More to follow…
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