Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be voted in as the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister by Tory members next week. The former foreign secretary is expected to take the country forward and has pledged to deliver Brexit by the end of October this year “come what may”. On Jacob Rees-Mogg’s LBC show, a radio caller demanded the Tory MP for North East Somerset help Mr Johnson deliver Brexit, and serve in his cabinet.
The caller, known as Ken, said: “First of all Jacob I would like to ask you if you would make a sacrifice.
“I know you have your own business and you have a family to take care of. But, you need to serve your country.
“Boris needs the help of people like you. Will you make that sacrifice and serve in Boris’ cabinet? He wants you.”
In response, Mr Rees-Mogg said he would help Mr Johnson if he was asked to do so. He said: “I don’t know if he does, but, of course, Ken if Boris asked me to serve, of course, I would.
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“I would do anything I could to help him. If he wanted me to do that in one way then I would do it.
“If he wanted me to remain on the backbenches and support him from there I would do that too.
“I have been backing him for a long time and have done so with increasing enthusiasm.
“I think he is absolutely the right answer, so I am there to help him if he needs my help.”
Ken, the caller, continued with his demand, insisting the former foreign secretary “needs” Mr Rees-Mogg as part of his cabinet team.
Ken said: “He needs a details man like you without question. He is the big-picture man, but he needs a details man like you.”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Ken, thank you. I greatly appreciate the compliment. The thing I have come to realise with Boris is he knows exactly where he wants to go.
“He has got a very clear vision and direction and that is actually the best way to govern…you know where you want to go, and you lead people…I think Boris will work”.
Current Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to remain loyal to her successor as she steps aside for either Mr Johnson or Mr Hunt.
She also said she had been “touched by the huge amount of support I’ve received from the public” including gifts, flowers, letters and emails after announcing her intention to stand down.
She said: “It is important that we have a Conservative government, particularly given the nature of the opposition we have at the moment.
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“I will be doing everything I can to make sure that we have a Conservative government.”
Her comments came after US President Donald Trump said Mr Johnson will do a “great job” if he becomes prime minister next week.
Mr Trump said he thought he would have a “great relationship” with the former foreign secretary and repeated his criticism of Mrs May’s handling of Brexit.
The US President said: “I like Boris Johnson. Boris, I spoke to him yesterday. I think he’s going to do a great job. I think we’re going to have a great relationship.”
He added: “I think they’ve done a very poor job with Brexit. I think the previous prime minister has done a very bad job with Brexit. What can I say? I mean it’s a disaster and it shouldn’t be that way. I think Boris will straighten it out.”