Jacob Rees-Mogg is criticised by MPs after being told "sit up man!" during Brexit debate
4 September 2019, 11:06 | Updated: 11 September 2019, 10:21
The Leader of the House of Commons was heckled by fellow MPs after Green Party MP Caroline Lucas criticised his slouched demeanour in the Commons.
During last night's emergency debate on the government's Brexit plans, in which rebel MPs successfully blocked Boris Johnson's plan for a No Deal Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg was criticised for appearing to fall asleep during the debate.
During the debate, Green MP Caroline Lucas called Mr Rees-Moog's body language "contemptuous of the House and the people", describing him as being "spread out across three seats" and appearing to find the debate "very boring for him to listen to tonight."
Jacob Rees-Mogg was in parliament representing the government in his role as Leader of the House of Commons at the crucial Brexit vote. The government were defeated 328 votes to 301, and a vote will now be held later today to decide if a general election will be held on 15th October.
Fellow MPs have also taken to Twitter to criticise his casual demeanour during the debate...
My full speech from tonight— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) September 3, 2019
- PM has no mandate for No Deal
- impacts would be devastating
- trashing Good Friday Agreement is unforgivable
- spells intolerable limbo for @the3million
- and Jacob Rees Mogg embodying (literally) utter contempt for parliament https://t.co/WGJabg1pXy
I grew up on a council estate in a pit village in Co. Durham. I was taught to sit up straight and show respect. @Jacob_Rees_Mogg had all the advantageous money can buy and can do neither. What a waste of an education. https://t.co/vJ8kBJiGxz— PhilWilsonMP (@MPphilwilson) September 4, 2019
Has @Jacob_Rees_Mogg lost the ability to sit up or is draping himself horizontally across the front bench pretentious or just bad manners?— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) September 3, 2019
Staggering arrogance from Jacob Rees Mogg, decrying Parliament for not bowing down in subservience to the ‘executive.’ An executive which lies, has no majority and plays lose and fast with the livelihoods of our constituents and the country’s future. I don’t think so.— Heidi Allen MP (@heidiallen75) September 3, 2019
The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament. pic.twitter.com/XdnFQmkfCS— Anna Turley MP (@annaturley) September 3, 2019
Despite the Tory MP being mocked on Twitter, others have jumped to defend him from the criticism...
Mogg speaks for the people.— True Blue Islander (@geniuswriter1) September 3, 2019
He gets it!
We instructed our politicians via referendum in 2016.
I do believe the so called rebels do not fully understand the strength of feeling in the British electorate.
At least he seems to speak for us. That’s how we feel!— Anne 👑 #PeoplesProrogue (@AnnRozier1) September 3, 2019
Wrong once more mr bias peston @Jacob_Rees_Mogg has done more than a lot of mp's and actually defended the will of the people and democracy which 17.4million voted for something you and the "rebels" cant accept!— Deborah Pike (@DebPike66) September 3, 2019