Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been the Conservative Party MP for North East Somerset since 2010.[1] In the 2015 general election, he retained his seat with a majority of 12,741. [2]

Staff

External interests

Between March 2013 and February 2014 Rees-Mogg was among the highest earning Tory MPs for outside earnings, with £123,549.50.[4]

  • Somerset Capital Management LLP (partner), 146 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TR; investment management
  • The Walbrook Club, 37A Walbrook, London EC4N 8BS, has given me free membership of the Club from January 2014-January 2016; value £2,000, in return for a speech which I made on 26 November 2013 at a Club event. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 13 January 2014)[5]

Activities

Conservative Party Conference September 2016

According to the Morning Star he spoke at a 'rally against the so-called sugar tax' organised by the Policy Exchange think-tank (sponsored by the British Soft Drinks Association) during the Conference.

'Policy Exchange had a great big tent inside the secure zone of Tory conference, prominently erected at the entrance to the main hall. About 150 delegates squished into the marquee to listen to the meeting on “[W]ill taxing soft drinks create more economic harm than benefit?” [...] The speakers were Gavin Partington, head of the British Soft Drinks Association (against the tax), a doctor (against the tax) a 'commentator' (against the tax) and Rees-Mogg MP (against the tax).'

The doctor was actually Rachel Joyce, a Tory party activist and former adviser to Andrew Lansley. She told Morning Star reporters that the sugar tax was a 'token gesture' and that 'personal responsibility,' not the tax, was the real answer. The 'commentator' was Christopher Snowdon, from the free market Institute of Economic Affairs, author of a much-criticised 2014 report arguing that 'anti-market policies aimed at the whole population such as fat taxes will do nothing for the nation’s health'. As for Jacob Rees-Mogg, he argued that: 'Seventy-five per cent of us are not obese and why should we be taxed for something that isn’t doing us any harm,' adding that the tax meant 'taking away a periodic treat' from the 'poorest in society' and asking, 'If people are living on marginal incomes, do you really want to hit them harder?. [6]

Shareholdings

Notes

  1. Jacob Rees-Mogg, www.parliament.uk, accessed 24 August 2013.
  2. Election result North East Somerset: Jacob Rees-Mogg romps home for Tories Western Daily Press, 8 May 2015, accessed 19 May 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 25 April 2016
  4. Vincent Moss Tory MPs earn a combined £4MILLION from their lucrative jobs on the side Mirror, 30 March 2014, accessed 23 February 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 They Work For You Jacob Rees-Mogg, accessed 23 February 2015
  6. Solomon Hughes, Obesity Warning: Fat Cats’ Pimps At Work, Morning Star, 14 October 2016. Accessed 17 October 2016.