Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2019

Jacob Rees-Mogg (born 24 May 1969) is a British Conservative politician. He was appointed as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in September 2022. Previously he was Leader of the House of Commons (2019–2022) and Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency (2022). Rees-Mogg has been a Member of Parliament since 2010.






  • Basically I want people to be able to get on with their lives without the government bossing them about. I’m all in favour of nannies but not the nanny state.


  • Once we have left and we have control, there is a political argument about what levels of immigration we should have... that is really going to be a challenge and an issue for the competence of the Home Office. It is not so much a question of Brexit. It is Brexit which makes it possible, it is then administrative efficiency that will make it happen.



  • My suspicion is that any delay to Brexit is a plot to stop Brexit. This would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit.


  • I think it is a real scandal that UNICEF should be playing politics in this way when it is meant to be looking after people in the poorest, the most deprived, countries of the world where people are starving, where there are famines and where there are civil wars. And they make cheap political points of this kind, giving, I think, £25,000 to one council. It is a political stunt of the lowest order.



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  • In 1997 he was selected to contest Central Fife, a gritty former mining region and the last place in the UK to elect a Communist MP. As he went from door to door, it emerged that the elderly lady accompanying him was his nanny. But rumours that he took the Bentley are nothing short of scurrilous.
    "Of course I took nanny!" he cries. "She’s one of the family – and I needed all the support I could get. But I didn’t drive the Bentley – I couldn’t have afforded the petrol – so it was the Merc."

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