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Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris for Prime Minister

Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson Credit: ITV West Country

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative Party Leader.

In a statement the North East Somerset MP said he believed Johnson was best placed to carry out renegotiations with the EU for the UK's departure.

His calm response in the face of hostile verbal attack in the referendum debates showed his statesman like qualities and mastery of the detail.

In addition he has the verve and energy to be a great Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. He has the sense to be a unifier and the charisma to be an effective representative of the nation on the world stage.

– Jacob Rees-Mogg
Boris Johnson is one of the front runners for the party leadership Credit: Mary Turner/PA


Protesters heckle London's mayor in Bristol

The London mayor Boris Johnson, was verbally attacked as he arrived in Bristol today.

A handful of protesters jeered as he tried to do interviews in support of Conservative candidates for elected mayor and crime commissioners in the city.

But he fought back but was eventually forced to flee to a quieter spot.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine was there: