JACOB REES-MOGG whipped out his second ballot paper for the Tory leadership race while live on air during his radio show, explaining he belongs to two Conservative associations.
Voting is underway for the new Tory leader, closing at 5pm on July 22 with the results being announced on July 23. But Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed how some Tory members could receive multiple ballot papers after explaining he received two voting slips as he is a member of multiple local associations. He said one will remain “unused”, explaining on his LBC radio show: “I’ve been in the north of England, I’ve been in the south of England, I’ve been almost everywhere you can think of backing Boris.
“It’s really interesting, there’s a great deal of support for him, lots of people seem to have voted already.
“Conservative Home reports that over 70% of people have voted already and have returned their ballot papers in pretty short order.
“So the question we’re asking tonight is is there more to play for in Number 10 or is it essentially all over bar the shouting?”
Taking out one of his ballot papers, Mr Rees-Mogg continued: “I’ve actually got to show people who are watching on Facebook a genuine ballot paper.
“But it’s a blank one, because I belong to two Conservative associations, one in Somerset and one in London.
“I therefore got two ballot papers and people can see that I haven’t filled in the second one, I sent in the first.
“So the unused one is one that will never be used, will be an historic item to be kept, treasured and preserved.”
The Tory leadership campaign heads towards its final days, with just three rounds of hustings remaining.
Today Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson will head to Bedfordshire in their latest attempt to win round voters.
Earlier on Saturday morning, Mr Hunt defended press freedom after Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu warned reporters against publishing details of US ambassador Kim Darroch’s leaked emails which called US President Donald Trump’s administration “inept”.
The police’s anti-terror branch has launched an investigation into the leak, with threats of charges under the Official Secrets Act.
Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter: “These leaks damaged UK/US relations & cost a loyal ambassador his job so the person responsible MUST be held fully to account.
“But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job.”
The Foreign Secretary’s comment comes after
Meanwhile during Mr Johnson’s opening statement at hustings in Wyboston, he said the UK is a “great country” that can manage a no deal Brexit.
Allies believe Mr Johnson could gather the support of up to 40 Labour MPs after their party officially turned into a Remain-backing movement.
The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest has already started contacting those MPs who feels abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour Party announced its new Brexit policy this week.
Mr Johnson’s ally said: “This couldn’t have worked out better for us.
“We have Labour MPs in Leave seats who have been left completely isolated by Corbyn. Labour has become the party of Remain.”