Jacob Rees-Mogg mulls Tory leadership bid

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

Jacob Rees-Mogg is "sounding out" friends about whether he should make a bid for the Conservative Party leadership.

"I was at a lunch with Jacob very recently and he indicated he would like to be considered for the leadership when the time comes", Professor Malloch said.

He added: "He did not mean now, but at some point in the future".

There has been much speculation that the MP for North East Somerset might consider the leadership, egged on by supporters who have dubbed themselves the "Moggmentum" movement.

But last week a poll of Conservative members for the ConservativeHome website found he was in second place, behind David Davis, the Brexit secretary, as their preferred next party leader.

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In on-the-record comments to both papers, Rees-Mogg strongly played down the prospect of becoming party leader - but did not fully rule out standing as a candidate. "Its presently disabled leader should be replaced sooner, not later". "Jacob is loyal to a fault and would never do anything to destabilise Theresa May", they said.

"But should she stand aside. he is starting to look at some of his more ambitious peers and wonder what they have got that he hasn't". The prospect of Rees-Mogg being prime minister could be seen as an example because he is an MP with no frontbench experience best known to the public generally for playing up to his image as a reactionary fogey.

"It is unrealistic for me to go from the backbenches to being leader".

"There is no formulation of words I could use that would satisfy people but it is just not going to happen".

But questioned about his intentions, Rees-Mogg told BBC Radio 4: "I think it's a reminder that it's August and people don't have pressing United Kingdom political news to write about. I am not delusional".

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