Boris backer Jacob Rees-Mogg hits back at doubters

Jacob Rees-Mogg said that the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg was “looking through the wrong end of the telescope” as he doubled down on his support for Boris Johnson. He claimed the BBC political host was unfairly dismissing Mr Johnson’s achievements in office, as he pointed to the significant mandate the Conservatives won in the 2019 election. The Business Secretary called the former Prime Minister “the greatest electoral asset” the Conservative Party has had in modern times.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “His mandate was from the country. You are looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

“You’ve just been talking to Sir Keir Starmer who has called for a general election.

“Boris Johnson is the man who won the mandate, so a call for a general election is pretty hollow if the man who won the mandate is prime minister.”

When asked whether Mr Johnson’s comeback would be welcomed by the public, Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “Boris delivered Brexit.

“He supported Ukraine and standing up to Russia, and he got us through a pandemic.”

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He continued: “He won a majority of 80, he won Hartlepool in a by-election.

“He has been the greatest electoral asset the Conservative party has had in modern times.

“If you look at a poll in the Mail on Sunday today, he appeals the most to people who voted Conservative in 2019, an extraordinary coalition.”

On Saturday, claims from Mr Johnson’s camp that he has the necessary support from the 100 Conservative MPs were called into question.

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