Jacob Rees-Mogg: Only thing confidence vote 'flushed out' were 117 'wise and good Conservatives'

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has hit back against claims from the Chancellor that last night's confidence vote would "flush out extremists" in the Conservative party.

Appearing on the breakfast show, the European Research Group chair claimed the only thing the secret ballot "flushed out" were "117 wise and good Conservatives".

Theresa May survived the vote called against her by her own MPs, with 200 Conservative MPs voting for her to remain party leader, and 117 voting against her.



Ahead of the vote, Philip Hammond told Sky News that the vote would "flush out extremists who are trying to advance a particular agenda".

Jacob Rees-Mogg said: "He said it would flush out extremists and it flushed out 117 wise and good Conservatives who have the best interests of the country and the nation at heart.

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer,  I wouldn't worry about what he says, because Treasury forecasts are always wrong and they make them up for their political ends."

The MP for North East Somerset added that the Chancellor's comments were "once again" a "phoney Treasury forecast".