Sam Frost, co-founder of the ‘Ready for Rees-Mogg’ campaign, claims it’s difficult to see why Jacob Rees-Mogg shouldn’t stand to be our next Prime Minister.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has privately indicated he wants to succeed Theresa May when the time comes, and why shouldn’t he have this ambition? In the space of a few weeks his popularity has soared. He has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, is constantly appearing in the media, and there is even a campaign urging him to run in the future.
I’m the co-founder of that campaign, Ready for Rees-Mogg. We have 22,000 registered supporters, 700 volunteers and have raised over £7,000 in small donations. Our social media posts have reached over 1 million people, we’ve been interviewed on BBC Daily Politics, and featured on countless news sites.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other pages include the spectacularly named ‘Middle class memes for Rees-Moggian teens’ and ‘Reem memes with a right-wing theme’. Both are Rees-Mogg fan pages and have more than 80,000 likes between them. Why is this important? Because their core audiences are young people.
Despite losing the election, Jeremy Corbyn won over young voters in a manner that the Conservative Party could only dream of doing.
We need an outsider, like Corbyn, on the right, and Jacob is our man. He doesn’t carry the burden of having already held office, and he has often stood up against party policy in times when it was right to do so.
Has there ever been a conservative politician who has seen popularity like this? Boris Johnson comes to mind, but he never had a social media movement on the scale of Moggmentum.
Could Jacob become Tory leader? This is the same question people asked about Jeremy Corbyn for Labour, and look where his is now. Party members are hungry for an honest, principled politician to lead. Jacob fits the bill, and has the unique ability to attract both young and old.
When the next leadership election is called, we’ll be ready for Jacob to run, as will tens of thousands of other Conservative Party members. If you want to make this happen, join our campaign here.