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Jacob Rees-Mogg eyeing PM’s job? – Brexiteer buys new power pad just YARDS from Parliament

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Is Rees-Mogg eyeing the top job?

The move comes amid increasing speculation about a potential General Election or Tory leadership challenge, as Theresa May loses her grip on Brexit negotiations.

The MP paid £5.625 million for the property on Cowley Street, behind Westminster Abbey.

The new power pad is in the heart of Westminster, and is in fact closer to the House of Commons than the Prime Minister’s official residence.

Mr Rees-Mogg is less than 400 yards from the Parliament, whereas Downing Street is 470 yards from the Chambers.

Whatsmore, it’s only 50 yards from Tory HQ, and a mere 100 yards from the main broadcasters’ political bases on Milbank.

The house is even fitted with the division bells that traditionally summon MPs to vote.

Division bells are hung throughout the Houses of Parliament and the surrounding area, but Rees-Mogg has one in his new house because he could reach the Chamber from his rooms in the eight minutes required for a vote.

The MP, his wife, and his six children are expected to move at the end of August.

They won’t be the house’s first political inhabitants.

Brexiteer Lord Ashcroft previously rented the building to house his various business and political endeavours.

Cowley Street is also where former Prime Minister John Major based his leadership re-campaign in 1995.

The building is also just feet from the old Liberal Democrat HQ.

Theresa May is facing growing pressure when it comes to getting Brexit negotiations done, and it is believed that she could only be one wrong move away from a leadership election.

The Government have brought forward crucial votes on the EU Withdrawl Bill as Brexiteers make attempts to crush Remain influence in the Cabinet.

The PM’s allies feat that if they don’t get a move on with the votes, Brexiteers could force a leadership election.

Mr Rees-Mogg is among bookies favourites to succeed Theresa May and he has allegedly been encouraged by pro-Brexit allies to be tougher with the PM.

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It was reported this week that Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham told him: “No more Mr Nice Guy, Jacob. Show some steel.”

Mr Rees-Mogg isn’t the only one with his hat in the Tory leadership ring.

Earlier this week it was reported that figures at the top of the party are plotting to bring in Michael Gove as in interim PM.

Eventually, Tory grandees apparently want to have Ruth Davidson in the leadership role and are plotting on moving her into the top job in time for the 2022 General Election.

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