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Rees-Mogg: 'It isn't realistic' to be next Conservative leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg says he does not want to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. Photo: Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP says he does not want to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.

There's been speculation in the national press that the MP for North East Somerset has been sounding out friends about the prospects of making a leadership bid.

It follows growing support for the backbencher on social media - a movement dubbed 'Moggmentum' by his fans.

It is very flattering to have people say these very generous things, but it isn't realistic. I can't think of an occasion in British history when the party of Government has chosen its leader, and therefore the Prime Minister, from outside the front bench. Certainly not from somebody who has never been on the front bench. So, it is enjoyable summer talk but I wouldn't take it too seriously.

– Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset

However, Rees-Mogg says that he stands by his leader Theresa May.

When asked if he was tempted for the future whenever there is another leadership election replied:

May Mrs May live forever...Amen Amen hallelujah hallelujah Amen!

– Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset

Ever since the recent election the support for the MP is increasing with many tipping him as the next Prime Minister.

With more than 40,000 followers on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Mr Rees-Mogg is gaining news fans everyday.

Mr Rees-Mogg recently posted about the birth of his sixth child on social media. Credit: Jacob Rees-Mogg

Here is what Mr Rees-Mogg had to say about politicians using social media to speak to their electorate:

Although Mr Rees-Mogg is keen to play down his Prime Ministerial ambition, it appears that 'moggmentum' is going nowhere.

A young Tory activist has even tattooed the word "Moggmentum" on his chest in support of the North East Somerset MP.

Ross Atkinson is backing Jacob Rees-Mogg MP as a potential Conservative leader. Credit: Photo: Ross Atkinson