Jacob Rees-Mogg expresses his ‘admiration’ for ‘independently minded’ Jeremy Corbyn


The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg has praised Jeremy Corbyn for being an “independent-minded” backbencher before he was elevated to Labour leader, to many people’s surprise.

Addressing the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 25) before the month-long Easter recess, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Those of us who sit in the far reaches of the House are often very independent-minded.

“We have a great commitment to public service, which the right honourable gentleman unquestionably has, and strong principles about how we think this country might be better governed.


“It is no surprise to anybody that the principles held by the right honourable gentleman and by me are different, but we are both committed to ensuring the good government of this country.”

“The model that he has shown of how a backbench member may make an enormous contribution over many years, and then lead his party with distinction, is one that should be remembered.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

He added: “Principles in politics are fundamental to how we do what we do, and how we achieve it. I pay a most sincere tribute to the right honourable gentleman, and I note what he said to the Prime Minister earlier: this is not retirement; he is merely moving to a different part of the front bench in a few weeks.

“I understand that that is what has been asked for – ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find’.”

Jeremy Corbyn is set to stand down as the Labour leader in early April when his successor will be announced. The candidates seeking to take his office are shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.

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