Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was appointed the Leader of the Commons by new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, delivered a brutal response to a Lib Dem MP in the chamber during his first appearance at the despatch box. Tom Brake, the MP for Carshalton and Wallington, suggested the promotion to the Government for Mr Rees-Mogg would allow the Liberal Democrats to easily recruit more support. But, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset left the Commons in stitches with his swift response.
Mr Brake said: “Could I really welcome the Leader of the House to his position because certainly the Liberal Democrats, we couldn’t want for a better recruiting sergeant for us than him.
“As we set up a contest between Victorian values and Liberal Democrat values.”
Some members on the Conservative benches groaned as the Liberal Democrat MP continued with his point.
Mr Brake said: “But, more seriously. Could I ask the Leader of the House if he will make time available for the House to discuss his views on Northern Ireland?
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Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a brutal reply to Tom Brake
Jacob Rees-Mogg during his despatch box debut
I may be a better recruiting sergeant for the Lib Dems than the honourable gentleman is
“And the checks on the Irish border – as we had during the Troubles, as he has articulated, and how the Government could keep an eye on the border, an ability to keep people inspected – and the impact this would have on the Good Friday Agreement?”
Responding to the Liberal Democrat MP, Mr Rees-Mogg delivered a sharp response leaving some MPs in hysterics.
He said: “Thank you Mr Speaker. I may be a better recruiting sergeant for the Lib Dems than the honourable gentleman is.”
Mr Rees-Mogg was forced to pause as MPs on the Tory benches burst out laughing.
Tom Brake clashed with Jacob Rees-Mogg in the Commons
The Tory MP for North East Somerset continued: “But, I fear that may not be a very difficult task.
“With regard to Northern Ireland and the border to the Republic of Ireland, the Prime Minister has made clear there will not be a border imposed by the British Government.
“But, he is a fortunate man, there will be Northern Ireland questions on September 11 and he can raise these directly with the relevant minister.”
Mr Rees-Mogg was appointed to Leader of the House on Wednesday evening, as 17 ministers lost their jobs when Mr Johnson formed his new-look Government, just hours after officially becoming Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson’s cabinet also includes Sajid Javid as Chancellor and Priti Patel as Home Secretary.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg was appointed as Leader of the House by Boris Johnson
Dominic Raab became Foreign Secretary, while Stephen Barclay, Matt Hancock and Amber Rudd keep their jobs as Brexit Secretary, Health Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary respectively.
During Mr Johnson’s first speech in the House of Commons, the Conservative Party leader ripped into Mr Corbyn.
He said: “There is far too much negativity about the potential of our great country. Our constitutional settlement, our United Kingdom, will be firm and will be secure.
“Our union of nations beyond questions. Our democracy robust, our future clean, green, prosperous, united, confident and ambitious.
“And that is our responsibility in this House of Commons to fulfil and to do so we must take some immediate steps.
“The first is to restore trust in our democracy and fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people by coming out of the European Union and doing so on October the 31st.”