Jacob Rees-Mogg is wrong to belittle Douglas says MP
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been called out after calling fellow Conservative Douglas Ross quite a lightweight figure.” The Scottish Conservative leader has called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to quit after he admitted attending a lockdown gathering in the Downing Street garden. In response, the Leader of the House of Commons hit out at Mr Ross though his remarks were not welcomed by Caroline Nokes MP on ITV’s Robert Peston.
Ms Nokes told Robert Peston: “Douglas is a big player in Scotland and we’ve got important elections coming up there.
“I think it’s it’s absolutely incumbent upon us all to deal with the current crisis, move forward, and make sure that the Tory party puts itself in better shape. I
“I mean, what was also striking was that pretty much half the MSPs it may be more than that agree with Douglas Ross, that the Prime Minister should resign,” added Mr Peston.
“Well, we’ve seen the names and the numbers from Scotland,” replied the Tory MP.
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“I think it’s it’s just wrong to dismiss Douglas in that way.
“I’m sure Jacob will be dismissing me, in the same way, tomorrow morning.”
Ms Nokes told ITV’s Peston the PM had “put himself in an impossible position”.
She said Mr Johnson “did a fantastic job” at the 2019 election.
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But Ms Nokes added: “Now regretfully, he looks like a liability, and I think he either goes now, or he goes in three years’ time at a general election, and it’s up to the party to decide which way around that’s going to be.
“I know my thoughts are is that he’s damaging us now.”
A former MSP has also spoken out against Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments about Mr Ross.
Adam Tomkins described the remarks as “very rude and dismissive.”
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“There’s a ‘Save Boris’ operation going on at the moment, which you would expect Jacob Rees-Mogg to be… at the head of,” Mr Tomkins said on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme.
“That explains why Jacob Rees-Mogg was very rude and dismissive about Douglas yesterday,
“Jacob’s got this wrong – I don’t agree with anything that Jacob said about this matter.
“Douglas is a man of principle and a man of steel, and he will lead the Scottish Conservatives in the direction he thinks he needs to lead them in order to secure that credible fighting voice for centre-right ideas in Scottish politics.”
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