Rees-Mogg attacks Sunak and claims Tory contest 'favours the disloyal'

Jacob Rees-Mogg tears into Rishi Sunak as he claims Tory leadership timescale ‘favours the disloyalwho have had ‘six months or moreto plot their campaignsand he says Boris should have been allowed to stand again for leader

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg continues his assault on ‘disloyalex-chancellor Rishi Sunak
  • He hits out at the 8-week timescale for choosing a replacement for the PM
  • He claims the length of the contest ‘favoursthose who toppled Boris Johnson
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg today continued his assault on Tory leadership frontrunner Rishi Sunak as he tore into the ‘disloyalex-chancellor.

    Il Brexi Opportunities minister, a staunch ally of Boris Johnson, hit out at those who had spent six months or more ‘cogitatinga leadership bid.

    He also condemned the timescale for the contest to replace Mr Johnson as Tory leader, as he claimed it ‘favoursthose who played a part in toppling the Prime Minister.

    Mr Rees-Mogg even insisted that Mr Johnson himself should have been given the chance to stand in the ongoing contest.

    This would have allowed Conservative Party members to reverse the decision by Tory MPs to ‘turf out an election winner’, Egli ha detto.

    After mulling a leadership bid himself this week, Mr Rees-Mogg decided against entering the race to become PM and has instead thrown his support behind Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

    He has also been fiercely critical of Mr Sunak, who quit as chancellor a week ago in an explosive move that precipitated the PM’s downfall.

    Mr Rees-Mogg has claimed that Ms Truss ‘consistently in Cabinet oppposed Rishi Sunak’s tax hikes’ negli ultimi mesi.

    Tory officials have announced that the contest to replace Mr Johnson will be concluded by 5th Septembermeaning the new PM is set to be appointed in eight weeks’ tempo.

    Rishi Sunak, who quit as chancellor a week ago in an explosive move that precipitated the PM's downfall, is the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race

    Rishi Sunak, who quit as chancellor a week ago in an explosive move that precipitated the PM’s downfall, is the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race

    Jacob Rees-Mogg, a staunch ally of Boris Johnson, hit out at those who had spent six months or more 'cogitating' a leadership bid

    Jacob Rees-Mogg, a staunch ally of Boris Johnson, hit out at those who had spent six months or more ‘cogitatinga leadership bid

    The Brexit Opportunities minister is backing Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to replace Mr Johnson in 10 Downing Street

    The Brexit Opportunities minister is backing Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to replace Mr Johnson in 10 Downing Street








    Speaking on his podcast for the ConservativeHome website, Mr Rees-Mogg insisted there was ‘a problem with the timescale of the leadership electionas he took a swipe at Mr Sunak.

    ‘Those who have been disloyal to the PM have had plenty of time to set up their campaigns,’ the Cabinet minister said.

    ‘Those who have undermined the PM, sometimes by actually runningdare I say itnot a very successful economic policy, have had six months or more where they have been cogitating, mulling, considering their next steps.

    ‘Where people who have been loyal to the PM, ovviamente, haven’t.

    ‘Because people who have been loyal to the PM wanted him to carry on and therefore weren’t considering a leadership campaign.

    ‘And I think there is a difficulty that haste favours the disloyal, rather than the loyal.

    Mr Rees-Mogg and fellow Boris loyalist, Nadine Dorries, both pledged their support to Ms Truss today

    Mr Rees-Mogg and fellow Boris loyalist, Nadine Dorries, both pledged their support to Ms Truss today

    The duo hailed Ms Truss - who backed Remain ahead of the EU referendum - as being 'as strong a Brexiteer' as themselves

    The duo hailed Ms Trusswho backed Remain ahead of the EU referendumas being ‘as strong a Brexiteeras themselves

    Il Canada ha tenuto in avanti Emily Clark per motivi precauzionali dopo che il risultato del suo test è tornato inconcludente 10 candidates in the Tory leadership contest - with a winner to be announced on 5th September

    Il Canada ha tenuto in avanti Emily Clark per motivi precauzionali dopo che il risultato del suo test è tornato inconcludente 10 candidates in the Tory leadership contestwith a winner to be announced on 5th September

    Mr Rees-Mogg was asked whether it was ‘unjustthat Tory rules don’t allow Mr Johnson to stand in the leadership election himself.

    Lui ha risposto: 'Sì, as it happens I do. It’s very dangerous for the party to turf out an election winner.

    ‘I think a lot of MPs are finding their correspondence, che era “why has the PM said this, that and the next thing about Partygate or whatever, or did he have a cake or not?”.

    ‘They’re now getting letters sayingwe voted for him, you chucked him out, how is that democratic?”.

    ‘So I think there is quite a lot of anger in the country and within the Conservative Party about the treatment of Boris Johnson.

    ‘And this is damaging to the partyit would be foolish to pretend otherwise.

    There is recent precedent for a party leader who faced a challenge from their MPs being restored by the membership, when Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Labour leader in 2016.

    Pressed on whether he would have been happy to see Mr Johnson stand again for the Tory leadership, Mr Rees-Mogg acknowledged it was ‘not possible’ ma aggiunto: ‘I’m unequivocally a supporter of the PM.