Jacob Rees-Mogg called out after backing Boris Johnson's vow to end sugar tax

Greg Evans
Wednesday 03 July 2019 14:30
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Tory MP and Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg has not been shy in his support of Boris Johnson and the former foreign secretary's bid to become prime minister.

Today, Johnson has vowed to review levies on products that are deemed to be high in salt, fat or sugar and would oppose extending taxes to milkshakes and puddings until a review is concluded.

Johnson's move comes as part of a campaign by The Sun newspaper. Speaking to the tabloid, he said:

The Sun’s campaign has been right on the money and it’s time to take a proper look at the continuing creep of the nanny state and the impact it has on hardworking families across Britain.

Once we leave the EU on October 31, we will have a historic opportunity to change the way politics is done in this country. A good way to start would be basing tax policy on clear evidence.

Rees-Mogg shared the story on his Twitter account calling it 'the sweet smell of success #BackBoris.'

However, people were quick to reply to this tweet by pointing out that the Conservative party have previously had a relationship with sugar manufactures Tate and Lyle, a British company that is largely dependent on imports.

It was also pointed out that although Rees-Mogg is prepared to rally against the so-called 'nanny state' he is still fully prepared to employ a nanny to take care of his children and even had the same nanny care for himself when he was a child.

Just last year, Rees-Mogg was confronted by protestors outside of his house who were demanding to know if the family nanny, Veronica Cook was paid the minimum wage.

Cook has worked for Rees-Mogg's family for more than 50 years and even campaigned with the MP in his 1997 general election bid in Central Fife.

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