Jacob Rees-Mogg has donned a high-vis jacket and joked he’s studying to drive a forklift job ‘in case I would like new job’.
The cupboard minister, who’s backing Liz Truss within the ongoing management race, joked he would possibly quickly be out of a job because the race to seek out the brand new Prime Minister heats up with candidates being grilled in a TV debate tonight.
The 53-year-old has given his backing to Liz Truss as she battles to claw again floor on the early entrance runner Penny Mordaunt within the management race.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who’s a hardline Brexiteer and has been a staunch supporter of present Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is supporting Ms Truss and her pledges to chop taxes.
The previous backbench heavyweight has occupied quite a few cupboard positions in recent times – he was appointed Chief of the Home of Commons by Boris Johnson in 2019, earlier than turning into Minister of State for Brexit Alternatives and Authorities Effectivity earlier this 12 months.
Nevertheless, he may discover himself returning to the backbenches if one other candidate wins the race to exchange Mr Johnson.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was pictured in a forklift truck at a enterprise in his North East Somerset constituency at present. He joked he was ‘studying in case I would like a job’
It comes because the remaining 5 Conservative management contenders confronted off in a televised debate this night. Pictured left to proper are Tory MPs Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Tom Tugendhat
Mr Rees-Mogg, pictured right here on the IBMATA Summit in London on Wednesday, has thrown his help behind Liz Truss within the ongoing management hustings
Among the many different contenders are former chancellor Rishi Sunak, long-term Boris Johnson critic Tom Tugendhat, and former minister Kemi Badenoch.
Mr Rees-Mogg joked on Twitter that he would possibly must be taught a brand new commerce in case he finds himself out of a job.
The famously posh MP was seen on the automobile on the opening of a showroom for enterprise Prime Instruments in Midsomer Norton at present, which lies in his constituency of North East Somerset.
In a tweet he stated: ‘Studying in case I would like a brand new job… @PrimeToolscouk’.
The tweet got here hours earlier than the 5 remaining Tory management contenders took to the stage within the first televised debate tonight.
Throughout the debate, which was hosted by Channel 4, the candidates confronted questioned about Boris Johnson, belief and integrity in workplace, in addition to their plans to assist individuals combating the cost-of-living disaster.
Mr Rees-Mogg’s most well-liked candidate, Liz Truss pledged to reverse a deliberate enhance in company tax subsequent 12 months from 19 to 25 per cent – at a price of £16 billion.
The opening questions had been dominated by the shadow of the Prime Minister’s time in workplace, with Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, Kemi Badenoch, Rishi Sunak and Tom Tugendhat going through questions on belief and integrity in workplace
Her tax pledges had been in distinction to rivals together with frontrunner Rishi Sunak, who once more refused to decide to tax cuts. He instructed these watching the Zoom occasion organised by the Conservative Residence web site that controlling hovering inflation was extra vital than blindly chopping tax.
Ms Truss stated: ‘We instantly want to start out placing a reimbursement into individuals’s pockets, we all know households are struggling to make ends meet in the intervening time.
Tory management race: Spherical two vote end result
Rishi Sunak: 101 (+13)
Penny Mordaunt: 83 (+16)
Liz Truss: 64 (+14)
Kemi Badenoch: 49 (+9)
Tom Tugendhat: 32 (-5)
Suella Braverman: 27 (-5)
‘I’d reverse the nationwide insurance coverage rise, I opposed it in Cupboard on the time as a result of I assumed it was a mistake, I feel it is much more of a mistake now once we’re going through such sturdy financial headwinds.
‘I’d even have a short lived moratorium on the inexperienced vitality degree to chop £153 from individuals’s vitality payments.
‘And I’d additionally not do the company tax hikes as a result of I feel it is vitally vital that we’re attracting funding into our nation.’
Mr Rees-Mogg voiced his approval throughout the debate, tweeting: ‘Thatcherite meritocracy is what we’d like. #Liz4Leader #C4LeaderDebate’
The Tory MP has been within the information in latest months amid his ongoing battle with the civil service as he tries to drive by financial savings.
He has taken swipes on the Civil Service for persevering with to permit employees to work at home regardless of the top of the pandemic and has threatened to sack those that don’t return to the workplace full time.
The minister plans to slash the variety of employees in Whitehall by 91,000, and has left notes on empty desks with the message ‘I look ahead to seeing you within the workplace very quickly’, prompting claims from unions he’s ‘bullying’ employees.