A Downing Street source has said Brexit Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg could be looking to enter the Conservative Party leadership race.

According to the Telegraph the Cabinet Office minister has contacted several Conservative MPs today to ask them if they thought he should enter the field.

Fiercely loyal to the Prime Minister, Mr Rees-Mogg is canvassing whether to stand as the “pro-Boris candidate.”

A Downing Street source told the Conservative Post:

“He would be excellent and ticks all the boxes for the pro-Boris and pro-Brexit contingent.

“He’s a big name, he’s big on Brexit.

“He’s a fantastic orator, Fiercely Intelligent, handles the media brilliantly. He’s even liked in the North thanks to all the work he’s been doing with the Freeports and Levelling up.

“He could seriously be a contender. Plus he’s been 100% loyal to Boris and the party members will appreciate that.”

One name who will be happy if Mr Rees-Mogg does throw his name in the ring is former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten.

Speaking on TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored, Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, said he wants Jacob Rees-Mogg to be the next Prime Minister and loves the Brexit Opportunities Minister’s “World War Two respect, put Britain first attitude.”

Rees-Mogg later responded to the endorsement saying he was “honoured” even if the punk singer made the comment jokingly.

During an interview with Morgan on his TalkTV show, the pair discussed potential contenders to claim the Tory crown following the dramatic resignation of Boris Johnson.

The presenter asked: “Would you vote for me?” to which Lydon responded by laughing before admitting:

“I probably would, but you’d know who I’d like even more, and I know this is like way out and he’s probably not even in the running, is Rees-Mogg.”

After Morgan incredulously asked “Really?”, Lydon continued:

“Yeah really, I love that World War Two respect, put Britain first attitude he has.

“And in every interview I’ve ever seen him do, he has been on the floor with his humour.

“And I think he’s just genuinely a nice person.”

Morgan noted that he feels there has been a “dramatic reduction in basic manners and civility” in public and in politics but that when he met Rees-Mogg, recently, he found him to be a “very charming, polite guy”.

He added: “I don’t agree with a lot of his politics but he certainly understands how to be respectful and to have respectful discourse.”

The singer replied: “You don’t have to, because he has civility and that makes him interesting, and it makes debate and conversation interesting.

“And there’s just too much of this nonsense running now.”

Rees-Mogg responded to a clip of the interview shared on Twitter, writing:

“Even if my leg is being pulled I am honoured by this exceptionally kind endorsement by Mr Lydon, alias Johnny Rotten.”

Could the former Sex Pistols frontman be onto something?


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