Jacob Rees Mogg backs Esther McVey for leader in ‘comical’ press conference
Watch: The leading Brexiteer MP also told onlookers that 'this is nothing to do with me'.
As hard Brexiters waged war on Theresa May today, opinions were divided on Jacob Rees Mogg’s conduct.
On Sky News, Tory minister Alan Duncan said that his fellow Conservative MP’s press conference was "absurdly comical" and "deeply destructive... without any kind of constructive purpose".
"If he thinks that anyone can do better, he has yet to outline how,” the Foreign Office minister told BBC News.
But prisons minister Tory Stewart preferred to quote Benjamin Disraeli: “There is scarcely a less dignified entity than a patrician in a panic.”
While Rees Mogg has submitted a letter of no confidence in the prime minister, he wanted to stress that he was not mounting a "coup".
The key line from the lively Rees-Mogg press conference may have been when he suggested that only an unadulterated Brexiteer could be prime minister now:
"One of the problems was having a Remainer. When compromises were made they were made in a Remainer direction rather than a leave direction."
Eyebrows were also raised when he claimed that the Tory mess was nothing to do with him:
"I’m not offering my name as leader. This is nothing to do with me. This is about not having confidence in the current leader and believing that the deal simply does not work."
And when revealed who he believed were the credicle contenders to be next PM:
“You’ve got Boris Johnson and David Davis, you’ve got Dominic Raab and Esther McVey and Penny Mordaunt. You have streams of talent within the Conservative Party who would be very capable of leading a proper Brexit.”
You can watch the full thing below, courtesy of The Sun…