Jo Johnson is the Candidate for Orpington

Jo JohnsonBoris’s brother has just won the selection to stand in the safe Conservative seat of Orpington where the current MP, John Horam, is standing down.

Stanley, his father, recently described him as “taller and blonder than Boris” and he is the Financial Times’ South Asia bureau chief.  Based in New Delhi since January 2005, he leads the team of FT journalists that covers India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.  In addition to his coverage for the print edition, he writes a regular online column, Engaging India.

A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, from which he received a first class degree in Modern History, he has worked for the FT since 1997. His first job on the newspaper was on the Lex Column, which he joined after a a stint as a corporate financier in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank.

He completed an MBA at INSEAD in 2000 and served as an FT Paris correspondent from 2001-2004. He is co-author, with Martine Orange, of The Man who Tried to Buy the World: Jean-Marie Messier and the Rise and Fall of Vivendi Universal (Penguin, 2003).

Many congratulations Jo and we look forward to hearing more about you in the coming months ahead.

10 thoughts on “Jo Johnson is the Candidate for Orpington”

  1. [on Andrew Marr]: “The Tory mayor struggled for words”: nothing new about that. The Tory mayor is very poor at explaining himself verbally. He likes to use silly phrases as a smokescreen.

  2. Jo should be an asset to the party with the Johnson intellect coupled with his background both financial and international. When will Brownie announce an election then?

  3. It’s interesting to see that Boris (on Andrew Marr) could be assertive when pressured. I hadn’t seen that side of him before.
    So it seems that despite the ugly rumours he can be tough, and that’s a good thing.

  4. I’m with Rain on this one but I doubt a side order of nepotism would do either of us much good.

    Many congrats to Jo. Now let’s get Stanley into a safe seat please.

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