Boris Johnson has not lost faith of the British public, insists Jacob Rees-Mogg

Speaking exclusively to GB News, Rees-Mogg said he does not think people are "losing faith" in the Prime Minister

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Boris Johnson remains a "great leader" and he has not lost the support of the public, according to Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Speaking exclusively to GB News, Rees-Mogg said he does not think people are "losing faith" in the Prime Minister.

The Minister for Brexit Opportunities took aim at socialists during the interview, saying: "I don't think people are losing faith in him, the socialists don't like him, of course they don't, that's their job.

"You had Keir Starmer drinking a beer and Nicola Sturgeon not wearing a mask when she thought everyone else should, the police didn't mind about either of those, but the Prime Minister has paid his fine".

Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke exclusively to GB News to defend the incumbent Prime Minister.
Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke exclusively to GB News to defend the incumbent Prime Minister.

Jacob Rees-Mogg praised the Prime Minister for getting "so many of the decisions right" and "leading the world in terms of Ukraine" while speaking to GB News reporter Anna Riley in Morley.

He said the UK "got out of lockdown earlier than other countries, well before the Labour Party wanted us to come out, Scotland only just stopped insisting on compulsory mask wearing.

"Boris Johnson got those decisions right.

"I think talking about things that happened two years ago is not the most pressing political issue by any means".

Asked if he is still "definitely" backing the Prime Minister, Rees-Mogg defiantly stated: "Of course, he is a great man".

The minister has vocally criticised civil servants in recent weeks for not returning to their offices.

Boris Johnson has come under fire after being fined over 'partygate.'
Boris Johnson has come under fire after being fined over 'partygate.'

Mr Rees-Mogg is understood to have left a calling card in a Cabinet Office area following a tip-off from a minister that the space that can fit “dozens” of staff had been left “completely empty”.

He said some offices have an attendance rate of 180% of staff compared to desks, while others are at 6%.

Writing in the Mail On Sunday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Those who are at their desks every day seem to be younger, hard-working and ambitious civil servants, often renting house-shares in London for whom the office provides the right environment for work.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has criticised civil servants who are continuing to work from home.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has criticised civil servants who are continuing to work from home.

“Meanwhile, others enjoy the fruits of their London-weighting at home in the shires. As the minister responsible for Government property, it is my job to ensure the Government estate is run efficiently and commercially. Empty offices are a cost to the taxpayer.

“The Government is committed to reducing the number of civil servants but there are 91,000 more than in 2015-16. This necessarily means a smaller but better-used Government estate in the heart of Whitehall.

“Essentially, if people are not back in their office it will be fair to assume that the job does not need to be in London. This is clearly a financial opportunity of working from home, which many businesses have taken, by downsizing their offices. This, perhaps, is the trade-off.

“The British people rightly have high expectations of the State. We need to reform Government with a smaller, high-performing and correctly incentivised Civil Service, where talented officials thrive. In order to do that, we need to get back to the office".