Jacob Rees-Mogg met Steve Bannon to discuss US-UK politics

From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg had a private meeting with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in London on Thursday to talk about how conservative movements can win in the US and UK, the Guardian has learned.

Rees-Mogg, a favourite among Conservative members to be the next party leader, spent more than an hour at the meeting in a Mayfair hotel with Bannon, who was at one point seen as Trump’s most influential adviser.

The American also met Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, and another Conservative MP during a short trip to the UK.

The meetings took place on the day of the diplomatic spat between Trump and Theresa May, after the US president retweeted anti-Muslim material from the far-right fringe group Britain First. Read more

State school pupils are “potted plants”, said Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2006

In 2006 Jacob Rees-Mogg compared people who were not privately educated and did not go to Oxbridge to “potted plants”.

He went on to give the impression he thinks that anyone educated in the state sector is incapable of writing an “articulate” letter.

He also warned against having too high a proportion of ethnic minority candidates.

[Read full original 2006 article on Independent website…]

Jacob Rees-Mogg opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion – even after rape

From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative grassroots’ favoured candidate to succeed Theresa May, has said he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.

Rees-Mogg, who is a father of six, said he was “completely opposed to abortion” and said he believed life began at the point of conception. “With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child,” he said.

Asked whether he would be against terminations in all circumstances including rape, he replied: “Afraid so.”

[Read full article on Guardian website…]

Jacob Rees-Mogg was reported to Parliamentary standards watchdog for failure to declare interests

From The Independent, December 2014: A leading Conservative backbencher was reported to Parliament’s standards watchdog after speaking in four Commons debates in support of the tobacco, mining and oil and gas industries without declaring that he is a founder and director of a firm with multimillion-pound investments in the sectors.

[Read original article on Independent website…]