Jacob Rees-Mogg

British politician

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg (born 24 May 1969) is a British Conservative politician. He was Leader of the House of Commons (2019–2022) and Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency (2022) and served as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy during the brief premiership of Liz Truss. Rees-Mogg was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset at the 2010 general election and was knighted in Boris Johnson's Resignation Honours

Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2019

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The key is that we have our fish back: they are now British fish, and they are better and happier fish for it.
    • "Business of the House" Hansard, HoC, Vol. 687 (14 January 2021).
    • In response to a question in the House of Commons about the fishing industry losing money due to "Brexit red tape" said by the questioner to have been imposed by the government. Tommy Sheppard of the SNP was requesting a debate on the issue.

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  • [T]he privileges committee is not even a proper legal set up. It has a gossamer of constitutional propriety thrown over it, but it is in fact a political committee against Boris Johnson.
  • I thought Uxbridge was a fundamentally important result for us. It shows that if you are on the side of voters and doing things to make their lives better, rather than worse, then lo and behold people will actually vote for you.
    Let other countries catch up and let us catch their breath. Let us move away from an ideological view of net zero and work with the environment in a way that is affordable.
    • Comments on GB News (24 July 2023), as cited in "Rishi Sunak signals he could abandon green policies that cost consumers", The Guardian (24 July 2023)
    • The advocacy of Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) by London's Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, and its imminent extension to outer London boroughs, was believed to have helped the Conservative Party to narrowly retain Boris Johnson's former seat in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election held on 20 July 2023. The party lost two other by-elections in seats it was defending on the same day with a large swing against them. In the press, prime minister Rishi Sunak was reported as being open to a rethink on his government's Net zero policies at the time.

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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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