JACOB Rees-Mogg yesterday branded Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s new anti-woke minister a “ridiculously symbolic” appointment.
Rishi Sunak assembled his new cabinet for the first time yesterday – including the returning Lord Cameron.
But the backlash against Sunak’s reshuffle grew last night after the Prime Minister tried to poach the right with the appointment of Esther McVey.
Mr Rees-Mogg said of Esther McVey, the new minister without portfolio: “I welcome Esther’s return because I think she is extremely capable and a good presenter of the Tory cause.”
But he added: “It’s silly to have a minister to wake you up.”
“I think it is an extraordinary and not serious matter, but Esther is a very good person and it is a good thing to have her in the cabinet.”
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He continued: “I think silly titles for government jobs are a Blairite thing.
“This is not the real government issue. This is ridiculously symbolic and won’t impress anyone.”
The MP also warned that Lord Cameron could overshadow Mr Sunak, saying he “looked a lot like a Prime Minister” when he arrived at No. 10.
He said: “People might be confused about who actually represents the UK at the highest level.”