‘Tried since Thatcher!’ Rees-Mogg in brutal swipe at David Davis’ attempts to oust Boris

Jacob Rees-Mogg takes brutal swipe at David Davis

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The leader of the House of Commons dismissed comments the former Brexit Secretary made earlier this month in which he urged “in the name of God, go” as he addressed Boris Johnson’s partygate allegations. Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested the row surrounding the claims had been exacerbated by leading Remainers such as Lord Heseltine and Lord Adonis seeking to exploit the situation to hit out at Brexit. But BBC Political Thinking host Nick Robinson noted David Davis could not be accused of harbouring pro-Remain feelings after years of pushing for the UK to quit the EU.

Mr Robinson said: “David Davis led those people saying he [Boris Johnson] should quit.

“It’s hard to present the former Brexit Secretary, the man who argued to get Britain out of the EU…

“It’s quite hard to say that this is a conspiracy against Boris Johnson.”

Mr Rees-Mogg however claimed Mr Davis had a record of seeking to question the leader of the Conservative Party regardless of any allegation made against them.

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He said: “David Davis and I have always got on. And I spoke in his constituency, and he’s spoken in mine.

“But can you tell me a leader of the Conservative Party that David Davis hasn’t tried to get rid of since Margaret Thatcher? It is quite difficult.

“David has quite a tendency to say that he’s had enough of whoever happens to be the leader of the Conservative party.

“It’s one of his endearing qualities.”

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The former Brexit Secretary launched an unexpected appeal to Prime Minister Boris Johnson two weeks ago as he urged him to consider quitting over the swathe of partying allegations facing him.

Mr Johnson was confirmed to have attended at least one gathering, on the occasion of his birthday in 2020, despite strict coronavirus gathering rules in place at the time.

Addressing him during PMQs, Mr Davis said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take.

“Yesterday he did the opposite of that.

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“I will remind him of a quotation from Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain in 1940: ‘You have sat there too long for the good you are doing… in the name of god, go.'”

He however later clarified he had no intention of lodging a no-confidence letter with the 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady.

Mr Davis said: “No, no I’m going to… I asked him to resign.

“I didn’t say I’m going to force that, I’ll wait until three or four days after the Sue Gray report and make my decision at that point.

“This is not about favourites and let me be plain I like Boris I’ve known him for 30-years.

“And I supported both of his leadership approaches, one he abandoned, one he didn’t.

“But the truth is, that we’re now into an issue of trust and it’s going to be very very difficult to get out of it.

“And one way to do that is to have a change, but I don’t think any of the proposed people, that I’ve seen in the papers so far have got a trust issue.”

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