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'Stop faffing and back the PM'.

JACOB Rees-Mogg has urged the Tory party to stop "faffing about" over Theresa May's leadership and back her to deliver Brexit.

The Conservative backbencher, who has emerged as a firm favourite among party members and been spoken of as a potential leader, said Mrs May deserved support. The Tory MP also gave his support to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, whose interventions on Brexit have dominated the party's conference in Manchester.

At a packed rally meeting, the North East Somerset MP told Brexit-backers: "Be of good cheer, we won, it's happening.

"Now what have we got to do? We have got to back Theresa May, her position needs to remain solid and well-supported by all Conservatives to get the Brexit deal done. "No more faffing around about alternatives to Mrs May - she is our leader, she needs our support, she deserves our support.

"The good cheer we get from the Foreign Secretary is fantastic."

The meeting took place with police officers stationed at the door of the hotel function room where it was being held after an earlier event featuring Mr Rees-Mogg was disrupted by protesters.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he was "suspicious" of civil servants in the Treasury and Home Office, urging Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd to make sure they were fully behind the Government's Brexit plans.

He also hit out at the BBC, claiming its coverage since the referendum had been "absolutely appalling" with every piece of good news qualified by "in spite of Brexit".

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 3, 2017
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