Jacob Rees-Mogg has distanced himself from accusations of “soiled methods” levelled by Nadine Dorries at Rishi Sunak’s Tory management marketing campaign.
Rees-Mogg and Dorries yesterday announced that they had been backing Liz Truss’s bid to succeed Johnson in Quantity 10 after figuring out her because the probably candidate to defeat Sunak.
“Liz was at all times against Rishi’s larger taxes, that once more is correct Conservatism,” stated Rees-Mogg.
Moments after it was introduced eight contenders might be on the poll paper when Tory MPs start voting in the present day to elect a successor to Johnson, Dorries took to Twitter to say that one in every of Sunak’s supporters – ex-chief whip Gavin Williamson – had been making an attempt to “syphon off” votes for Hunt.
“That is soiled methods/a sew up/darkish arts. Take your decide. Group Rishi need the candidate they know they’ll undoubtedly beat within the ultimate two and that’s Jeremy Hunt,” she tweeted.
However requested concerning the feedback on Sky Information, Rees-Mogg stated there was “no proof” to again up Dorries’s claims.
He stated: “I don’t know whether or not that’s happening or not.
“What we have to do is to get two candidates to the ultimate spherical in a method that the members of the Conservative Occasion can select.
“I’m strongly in favour of the mandate coming from members of the Conservative Occasion. I’m certain nobody would want to sew it up upfront and in the event that they did I feel it will be improper, however I don’t have any proof that individuals are doing that.”
A supply near Sunak advised HuffPost UK: “It’s completely unfaithful – simply extra anti-Rishi stuff slightly than based mostly in any info. I feel she is simply upset about Boris.”
The declare was additionally denied by Hunt, who advised LBC radio: “We’re working utterly unbiased campaigns.
“It’s a really harmful sport to play and so I feel most individuals can be very cautious earlier than doing that form of factor. I’m not saying it by no means occurs.”
In the meantime, Rees-Mogg has accused Sunak of “disloyalty” to Boris when he was chancellor.
Requested on Sky Information if he would take a job in a Sunak cupboard, Rees-Mogg stated: “No, in fact I wouldn’t.
“I consider his behaviour in the direction of Boris Johnson, his disloyalty, implies that I couldn’t presumably assist him. He wouldn’t need me in his cupboard anyway.”