Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘Seriously Considering’ Tory Leadership Bid
Whilst UKIP are currently embroiled in an exciting but divisive leadership campaign with a large field of candidates, we should not lose sight of the fact that the current leader of the Conservative Party, and our Prime Minister, enjoys a position that is still far from secure.
Although there has been a public effort to present a united front over the past few days, with both Philip Hammond and David Davis issuing a statement saying the UK would leave the single market and customs union in March 2019, behind the scenes activity has continued throughout the summer recess by all the leading candidates, especially the Davis and Boris Johnson camps.
Against this backdrop, support has quietly been building for a rank outsider, the softly spoken ‘posh boy’ Jacob Rees-Mogg. The grassroots “Moggmentum’ campaign has been steadily gathering pace, and whilst the ‘Moggster’ himself had previously ruled himself out of a contest, there are indications today that he may have had a change of heart. Buoyed and flattered by the outpourings of support, Rees-Mogg has been sounding out some of his close chums to see if they think he really should enter the race, although Mr. Rees-Mogg was in his usual self-effacing form when he told the Sunday Times:
‘I rather think if I threw my hat into the ring, my hat would be thrown back at me pretty quickly’.
The news comes days after the father of six was revealed as the second-most popular choice to become the next Tory leader in a poll of party members by the ConservativeHome website.
He has resolutely supported May, who lost her party’s majority in June’s general election.
While David Davis, 68, the Brexit secretary, remains the frontrunner to succeed her, a number of Tories want the party to “skip a generation” and find a younger leader. One friend said of Rees-Mogg:
‘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.’
Trump ally Ted Malloch said he went for a private lunch with the hard Brexiteer, who reportedly expressed interest in the role. Mr Malloch said:
‘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.
‘He did not mean now, but at some point in the future.’
Mr Malloch also urged the Tories to dump ‘weak’ May in favour of ‘lion’ Rees-Mogg.
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.