‘It’s NOT a reflection of Tory stability’ Rees-Mogg SNAPS at BBC host over Patel departure

Posted on Nov 9 2017 - 3:13pm by admin

Ms Patel handed in her resignation as International Development Secretary after it emerged that she had engaged in unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians.

Following the announcement, Mr Ree-Mogg spoke on Newsnight and insisted Ms Patel’s resignation was not reflective of the current state of the Government despite Michael Fallon’s resignation as Defence Secretary last week. 

Mr Davis asked: “Is the Government in as big a mess as it looks at the moment?”

The MP for North East Somerset immediately dismissed the question saying it was “part of the life of politics”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “If you look at the history of ministerial resignations these happen to strong governments as much as it happens with governments with small majorities.”

The BBC presenter hit back: “Two in a week?”

The popular backbencher replied: “Well think back to the same person resigning twice under Tony Blair, I mean Peter Mandelson was popping in out of the Cabinet the whole time or Cecil Parkinson leaving Margaret Thatcher.

“These things do happen and it’s part of the life of politics. Politics is always changing, things are emerging, things happen.

“So no I don’t think it’s a commentary on the state of the Government.”

The Brexiteer also quickly backed Theresa May saying the situation was not her fault.

He said: “It is not the Prime Minister’s fault that while she has been Prime Minister a sex scandal has erupted affecting all parties.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg on Newsnight and Priti Patel BBC/GETTY

Jacob Jacob Rees-Mogg shut down Newsnight host who suggested the Tories were in a ‘big mess’

Emphasising that the scandal has affected all parties he added: “She is getting on with job that there is a clear path to Brexit, that the Bill is going through Parliament.

“I think it is easy to overstate the difficulties.”

His comments come as the BBC political editor Nicholas Watt suggested that Ms Patel’s departure was “was a sacking dressed up as a resignation”.

He cited Mrs May’s reply to the MP for Witham which said: “I was glad to accept your apology and welcomed your clarification about the trip to Israel over the summer.

“Now that further details have come to light, it is right that you have decided to resign and adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated.”

No, I don’t think it’s a commentary on the state of the Government

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Meanwhile, Tory MP James Duddridge told Newsnight: “I’m a fan of Priti Patel. I think she has done a really good job for someone who was sceptical about some of the aid budget.

“She is very good at communicating to people who are sceptical. Where the aid budget has not been spent as well as it could have been, she has made changes, where it is defendable and she has given a strong defence.

“Clearly it was a major mistake to do these meetings and not report them to the Foreign Office and not have officials.

“It is normal for ministers when on holidays to take some time out and do some official engagements. In fact, there are many countries where, and I suspect Israel is one of them, where if a Cabinet Minister when and didn’t pay a call they will be deeply offended.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Evan Davis on NewsnightBBC

Rees-Mogg said ‘It’s not the Prime Minister’s fault that while she has been PM a sex scandal erupted

Ms Patel’s resignation has sparked fear the Tory cabinet could descend into chaos should Mrs May choose a pro-Remain MP to take over the Brexiteer’s former post.

Talking to Brexiteer Nigel Farage, the LBC presenter Iain Dale said: “I think there would be a bit of uproar on the Tory benches if it wasn’t a Brexiteer and if it was someone like Alistair Burt which is unfair to him because I think he’s actually a very very good minister.

“If talent and ability had anything to do with it, you would give it to Alastair Burt but he’s an arch-Remainer! The archest of arch Remainers!”

But Mr Farage hit back saying he saying he could not back the Prime Minister at all after backtracking on Brexit. 

The former Ukip leader said: “If she would even deign to talk to me I’d more than happy to use whatever experience I have got.

“Not just experience in Brussels but – unlike almost all the rest of the Government – I did spend almost 20 years in international business. I bought and sold things and moved stuff around the world!

“But I’m afraid they don’t want to talk to me. And to be honest, at the moment, given the backtracking that I’m seeing, it would be quite difficult for me to support them!”

“I didn’t vote for a transition period. I didn’t vote for us to go on paying these big sums of money.”

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