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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
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Tory MP distances himself from right-wing group

Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg has distanced himself from right-wing group. Credit: PA wire

A Tory backbencher has moved to distance himself from a right-wing group that apparently suggested black Britons should be asked to "return to their natural homelands".

Jacob Rees-Mogg was guest of honour at the Traditional Britain Group's annual dinner in London in May.

But the North East Somerset MP said he was not a supporter, and had been "shocked" by comments on its Facebook page.

One post condemned the peerage recently awarded to Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen.

The post said that "she, along with millions of others, should be requested to return to their natural homelands."

In a statement on its website, the Traditional Britain Group stood by the comments.

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North East Somerset MP in race row

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (centre) at the dinner held by the Traditional Britain Group in May Credit: Facebook

North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has moved to distance himself from a right-wing group that apparently suggested black Britons should be asked to "return to their natural homelands".

The Tory backbencher was guest of honour at the Traditional Britain Group's annual dinner in London in May.

But the North East Somerset MP says he is not a supporter, and had been "shocked" by comments on its Facebook page.