'Next Tory leader could be James Cleverly as Jacob Rees-Mogg is inexperienced'

'Next Tory leader could be James Cleverly as Jacob Rees-Mogg is inexperienced'

Some think Jacob Rees-Mogg could be the next the Tory leader

Monday, August 21, 2017

The next leader of the Conservatives is likely to be James Cleverly as no one knows how Jacob Rees-Mogg would be received, according to a Tory blogger.

Reports claim Rees-Mogg could be the next Tory leader and whilst he has dismissed the reports he has not ruled out standing as a candidate. Some have likened the Tory backbencher to Jeremy Corbyn, as an outsider hurtling towards power.

Henry Hill, the assistant editor for Conservative Home and former Tory speechwriter, told Richard Madeley: "I think the problem with this sort of popularity is that it’s very hard to know how it will interact with actually wielding power.

"I think that I’d sound a note of caution about Rees-Mogg because he hasn’t held ministerial office and the Tories have been in power too long, we’ve been in since 2010, to have a leader who hasn’t been in the Cabinet or at least in a ministerial post."

Whilst some people appear to like his personality "they’re not saying he’s got the ideas that will keep my family safe or make me prosperous," Hill added, while comparing Rees-Mogg to Boris Johnson, who was wildly popular before the seriousness of Brexit cut through his clownish facade.

Hill believes that "whilst I think it would probably help if they were a Brexiteer...I think [the next Tory leader needs] to be a unifier and I’m not sure that Jacob Rees-Mogg is that candidate.

On Ruth Davidson, who has been tipped by many to revitalise the Tories as a young, charismatic leader, Hill said the next leadership election is likely to come too early as there isn't a viable path into Parliament for the Scottish Conservative leader before 2019. 

When pressed by Madeley as to he believes will succeed Theresa May, Hill said "I think it should be somebody from the next generation and I'd hazard a bit of money on James Cleverly​."

On Corbyn, Hill said the Labour leader's achievements at the recent general election have been overstated. 

"Against the worst Conservative campaign possibly in living memory, Jeremy Corbyn still managed to come a long way behind in seat terms," Hill said.

"Labour's performance is being judged pretty good compared to the catastrophic predictions Jeremy Corbyn's leadership created in the first place. He's lucky that Theresa May shot herself in the foot.

"I don't look at Jeremy Corbyn and think 'that's someone I want to follow.

"I don't want to have a 'decent second place' candidate. I want to win."

Listen to the full interview above