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Jacob Rees-Mogg plays down Conservative leadership bid reports

From BBC - August 13, 2017

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has played down reports that he is considering a bid for party leadership.

The Sunday Times claims the backbencher is "sounding out" friends about a possible challenge to Theresa May.

But the North East Somerset MP told the BBC: "I think it's a reminder that it's August and people do not have pressing UK political news to write about.

"And therefore there's this jolly stuff about me, but I would not put any money on it," he told Radio 4.

In The Mail on Sunday, academic Ted Malloch said: "I was at a lunch with Jacob very recently and he indicated he would like to be considered for the leadership when the time comes.

"He did not mean now, but at some point in the future."

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