MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has the face value of a typical back-bench politician, but what does he bring to the table? Rees-Mogg is best described as very elegant and an obvious member of high society, fits in perfectly with the stereotype of the Conservative Party. Rees-Mogg is very religious and is a strong follower of the Catholic faith. However, there is more to Rees-Mogg that reaches the eye…
According to the popular British show Good Morning, Rees-Mogg does not want to run as Prime Minister but is still considering a possible run as he is gaining plenty of support (despite his unpopular opinions). Rees-Mogg is strongly opposed to same sex marriage, contraception and abortion – however he would allow the church to dictate whether same sex marriage should occur instead of passing a law himself. He has strongly endorsed Boris Johnson for Prime Minister, then Michael Gove and then every single candidate but Theresa May. Although Rees-Mogg says he likes Theresa May, he has not officially endorsed her. This might be because Rees-Mogg voted leave on Brexit, when Theresa May voted remain.
On Wednesday Morning, on This Morning, Jacob Rees-Moss was debated by Piers Morgan over controversial social issues. Rees-Moss made it clear that he would not support abortion under any circumstance, even if the woman was raped or was in a critical condition. Piers Morgan was quick to challenge him on this but Rees-Mogg used the politicians filter and repeated the same statement over and over; “Life is sacrosanct and begins at the moment of conception”.
What would Rees-Mogg actually do as Prime Minister? Despite the controversial statements, Rees-Mogg would confront the European Union for a quicker negotiation when it comes to Brexit. Nigel Farage once said that no deal with the EU would be better than the current deal, Rees-Mogg agrees with him. Rees-Mogg has openly said in 2013 that Nigel Farage should be the deputy PM, instead of Nick Clegg. This infuriated the Conservative party as a Conservative should not endorse anyone outside their own party. Could this suggest Rees-Mogg is considerably in the wrong party? If Rees-Mogg were to be elected, would the special relations between the UK and the US strengthen? Rees-Mogg has been rumoured to having supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, however Rees-Mogg stated his disgust for Trump when his private conversation with Billy Bush was leaked in October last year. Not long after Trump won, he made a statement saying that Trump was very passionate about the UK and that he loved Britain.
Although a run may not be likely, for better or worse, Rees-Mogg has been voted ‘favourite to win’ on a poll conducted by ConservativeHome regarding the next Conservative leader. Rees-Mogg gained 23% of the votes, earning the popular vote.