Jacob Rees-Mogg: “Very, Very Difficult” For Me To Be Prime Minister
Prominent Conservative backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he would find it “Difficult” to be Prime Minister, due to the fact he has six children, many of whom are very young.
Speaking to journalism students at the Press Association offices in London, the MP for North Somerset described himself as a “family man” and said that he fully supported Theresa May in her role as Prime Minister.
When asked if he wanted the role of PM, he said: “I think want is very much the wrong word.
“If you look at Mrs May, it seems to be quite clear she does it because it’s her duty to do it, I don’t get the impression that it’s a lot of fun for her – it’s hard work.
“I’ve got six children, it would be very, very difficult as a family man so want is not the right word, I’m very happy as a backbencher and what I do want is Mrs May to stay Prime Minister.’
Speaking of Mrs May’s leadership, he also said that his party’s election campaign was ‘gloomy’; “We should have a more optimistic vision, what we had to say at the last election was so gloomy”
“It was that we will manage things better than the other side will, but it is going to be really nasty, we’re going to make you sell your house if you’re elderly and if you’re young we’re not going to talk to you at all.
“That doesn’t work, it was a bad idea.
“Where I think Jeremy Corbyn is doing well is in showing a vision for what he believes in and I think Conservatives have to do this.”
Despite Mr Rees-Mogg’s insistence that he doesn’t want the top job, it was reported last year that he was “seriously considering” replacing May as PM after it became clear that she wasn’t the hard Brexiteer that everyone assumed she would be.