Could It Be Mogg? New Deputy PM To Be Appointed in New Year
Theresa May will wait until the new year to appoint her replacement for Damian Green, sparking speculation that the appointment will be part of a wider cabinet reshuffle. Indeed, there has even been speculation that this reshuffle could just involve a certain soft-spoken traditional MP from North Somerset!
Green is the third cabinet minister to resign since the snap 2017 General Election, a fact which has played nicely into the hands of Mrs May’s opponents both within and outside of the Conservative party. This, when added to the government’s Brexit commons defeat, May’s disaster at conference and a number of disgruntled MPs has likely led the PM to consider a different approach – could Jacob Rees-Mogg be the answer?
It is very unlikely that Mogg will be instantly appointed Deputy PM, a position which is likely to go to somebody who is already in cabinet. However, it is entirely plausible that Mr Mogg could be appointed to a junior cabinet position or a smaller ministerial portfolio.
Just last week, Rees-Mogg surged to be the favourite Tory MP to be appointed to a cabinet position next, something which has been largely attributed to the growing ‘Moggmentum’ movement.
However, when asked about the prospect, Jacob said: “This isn’t going to happen. I’m very happy serving the people of North East Somerset.”
“That’s my role, that’s what I enjoy doing. I think to start putting oneself forward is a great mistake.
“Heaven knows next you’ll be offering me the Papacy.”
One of the most prominent groups campaigning for Mogg was “Ready For Rees-Mogg”, founded by Sam Frost. Speaking to Kipper Central, Sam said: “In an age where all politicians are cookie-cutter, soundbite machines, it’s no surprise that Jacob Rees-Mogg is popular with the party grassroots. His honest, no-nonsense approach makes him an extremely likeable figure. There’s no reason why someone with such intellect and popularity shouldn’t be in the cabinet.”