MoggMentum recedes as Jacob Rees-Mogg denies Tory leadership bid

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been forced to deny suggestions he could take over from Theresa May as leader of the Conservatives, after a friend said he had revealed his ambitions at a private lunch.

Despite previously claiming he could never be a "serious" candidate for Prime Minister, Mr Rees-Mogg reportedly told a friend he would like to throw his hat in the ring.

American academic Ted Malloch, who recently had lunch with the Tory MP, said he had "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".

"I said it is unrealistic for me to go from the backbenches to being leader", he told the Mail on Sunday.

"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".

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.

The "MP for the 18th century" attracted rather a lot of attention earlier this year for naming his sixth child Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, joining Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, Peter Theodore Alphege, Tom Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam and Mary (yes, just Mary) as the latest member of the Rees-Mogg clan.

But on Broadcasting House, and in comments to the two newspapers that covered his leadership prospects, Rees-Mogg declined to rule out standing as a candidate in the Tory leadership contest widely expected before the next general election.

The MP for North East Somerset also has the backing of a grassroots movement nicknamed "Moggmentum", with backers seeking to portray him as a right-wing alternative to Jeremy Corbyn. "It would be the end".

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