Mr. Jo Johnson MP
Member of Parliament for Orpington, UK
Jo Johnson was elected as the Member of Parliament for Orpington in May 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, in January 2012. Prior to this appointment, he sat on the Public Accounts Committee, whose members are elected by other MPs to scrutinise public sector spending for value for money and effectiveness. Between 1997 and his election to Parliament, Jo worked at the Financial Times in various roles, including as Associate Editor and Editor of Lex (2008-2010), the newspaper's agenda-setting daily business and financial column, as South Asia Bureau Chief (2005-2008) and as Paris Correspondent (2001-2005). He remains a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times. His principal regional specialisms relate to India and France, the countries in which he lived and worked during successive four-year foreign postings for the FT. He recently co-edited 'Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership' (Academic Foundation 2011), with Dr Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Jo is a member of the advisory board of Dishaa, an initiative launched by Prime Minister David Cameron to expand, enrich and energise UK-India relations. He sits on the British Council's Advisory Group for the project Re-Imagine: India-UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century. He is the Co-Chairman of the Indo-UK All Party Parliamentary Group and Deputy-Chairman of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council.