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Jacob Rees-Mogg gets meme treatment after Commons lie-down

Twitter gave Jacob Rees-Mogg the meme treatment after he was seen lounging on the Commons front bench mid-debate. Credit: Twitter

Twitter gave Jacob Rees-Mogg the meme treatment after the Leader of the House was seen lounging on the Commons front bench during a key Brexit debate.

Mr Rees-Mogg was seen reclining in the chamber as MPs discussed plans to take control of the Commons agenda and pass legislation which would prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

His repose prompted criticism from several politicians, with Labour MP Anna Turley posting a photo on Twitter describing it as “the physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament”.

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After the post, there was no stopping creative Twitter users from adding their own amendments.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson shared the picture with a downward line graph tracking the Somerset MP’s form.

“Jacob was just showing us what Brexit will do to our economy. #StopBrexit” she tweeted.

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  • ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand questions Jacob Rees-Mogg on his body language during the Brexit debate.

Others used the same tactic to highlight the Government’s disappearing majority.

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Others wondered whether the Tory would be “for the high jump”.

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Several gags referenced the Simpsons, with one effort placing the MP on the famous cartoon couch.

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And another Twitter user saw comparisons between Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia painting and Mr Rees-Mogg.

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ITV Peston's Twitter account also got in on the joke.

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The picture came full circle in the end, with Ms Turley sharing her “favourite” reworking of the image, referencing the Conservatives’ own slogan from the 1979 general election.

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“Thoroughly enjoying all the memes of my photo – you are a creative lot Twitter!” she wrote.