Jacob Rees-Mogg faces backlash after lying down in Commons

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has been widely criticised after lying down during an historic Brexit debate.

Last night, he was seen reclining in the chamber, at times with his eyes closed, as MPs discussed plans to take control of the Commons agenda and pass legislation which would prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

Chants of "sit up" emanated through the chamber, with Green MP Caroline Lucas telling the politician his body language was "so contemptuous of this House and of the people".

Mr Rees-Mogg appeared to furrow his brow in disagreement in response.

In the wake of the debate, the hashtag 'Jacob Rees-Smug' began trending on Twitter, with social media users using image-editing software to place the reclining MP in different scenarios.

One image depicts the lounging politician in the famous Sir John Everett Millais painting, Ophelia.

Another digitally-altered image shows Mr Rees-Mogg being painted by Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from the film Titanic.

Fellow MPs have since expressed their contempt for his body language.

Shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said: "I am half expecting his nanny to march into the chamber with a blanket, pillow and a hot cup of Horlicks for the poor man!".

Lib Dem MP Sarah Wollaston questioned if Mr Rees-Mogg had "lost the ability to sit up" or if the move was "just bad manners".

And Labour MP Chi Onwurah accused Mr Rees-Mogg of thinking Parliament was his "manor".

She said: "Johnson, Rees-Mogg and their ilk literally think Parliament is their manor and they can do what they like with it."

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