Jacob Rees-Mogg explains why he’s joining GB NEWS and sets out his ambitions for show

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“I want to build a programme that people watch, and think is on their side, representing them and battling for the things that they believe in.”

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he’s “very excited” about his new career in broadcasting, which will see him front a show on GB News. 

GB News announced Mr Rees-Mogg was joining the channel last week and speaking about what he hopes to bring to TV and radio, he told Camilla Tominey: “I’m very excited to be doing it. I think GB News is such a fantastic outlet, and a supporter of freedom of speech, and close to its viewers and listeners. And I think that’s very important.”

The popular MP went on to say: “I want to build a programme that people watch, and think is on their side, representing them and battling for the things that they believe in.  I hope to have a wide range of guests coming on. I hope that people will come on who disagree with me because it will be more fun than always speaking to those who agree with me.”

Meanwhile Mr Rees Mogg has also spoken about the sacking of Nadhim Zahawi.

He said “I think he is a very decent man. He’s been a very successful businessman and an effective politician. 

“The report seems to show that he made some technical errors with his declarations, and the Prime Minister has decided that they were serious enough to fire him. So, I feel sorry for Nadhim. But I think that after dominating the headlines for a week, in the world of politics, if you do that, it’s very hard to remain in office. And so the Prime Minister was under great pressure to get a new party chairman.”

On whether the PM should have acted sooner he said: “I mean, I think that’s a very difficult question to answer because you want Prime Ministers to be balanced in replacing members of their Cabinet the whole time. And this is the second member of the Cabinet who has had to go after Gavin Williamson. The opposition are always on the hunt for the next scalp, so to speak. And the Prime Minister has to be aware of that and there has to be a reasonably high standard for resignations.

“There also has to be some loyalty to the team that is around you, otherwise you won’t get loyalty in return. So, I don’t think it’s as easy as saying as soon as there’s any whiff of controversy, a Minister must go otherwise, you’d find it very difficult to keep any ministers.”

Commenting on the recent polls, one of which showed his party to be 29 per cent behind Labour, Mr Rees-Mogg added: “I want the Conservative Party to do well, I want Rishi to do well. The Tory party has recovered from worse positions than this in the past. Just remember where we were in May 2019, when we had the worst election results in our history and went on to win a majority of 81.”

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