Jacob Rees-Mogg managed to keep his job in Boris Johnson’s small reshuffle of the Cabinet, after the Conservatives’ big election win last month. The Conservative MP for North East Somerset became the leader of the House of Commons in July, when Mr Johnson took over from Theresa May as party leader. However, questions over his future arose when he appeared to undermine the Tories in an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari during the election campaign.
The Brexiteer said it would have been “common sense” for residents to flee the Grenfell Tower fire, ignoring fire brigade advice to stay put.
Several hours later, Mr Rees-Mogg “profoundly apologised” for his comments and made fewer media appearances throughout the rest of the election campaign, fuelling speculation in the media that he was under orders from Downing Street to keep a low profile.
Despite the faux-pas, the Tory MP retained his seat with a large majority and, as he prepares to join Mr Johnson on the frontbench in the House of Commons today, one of his brilliant speeches has resurfaced.
Last year, Mr Rees-Mogg visited Queen Mary University, London, for a talk and during the Q&A session he brutally dismantled a student who called him “stupid”.
The student said: “I think it is very interesting that you are prepared to joke about a lot of these issues when a lot of people right now are dying because of your party’s policies.
“There are a lot of people who are very poor.
“You say you care for the poor, but I don’t think you can. Taxes help the poor. What you are doing doesn’t.
“And I don’t think even you are that stupid to think you care for the poor.”
The Conservative MP calmly answered: “I just think that’s wrong. In every sense.
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