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Jacob-Rees Mogg lunches with West Norfolk MP during visit to the county


By Lynn News Reporter


Hard-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg lunched in North Creake on Thursday afternoon as he appeared as the guest speaker at a Conservative Association luncheon.

The North East Somerset MP attracted 110 members of the Association who were both leavers and remainers.

He found some of the members present were sceptical of the decision to leave the European Union.

"They divided roughly 40 - 60 to leave," said West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham afterwards.

Pictured from left, Association deputy chairman Graham Middleton, Sir Henry Bellingham, associate chairman Elizabeth Nockolds, Jacob Rees-Mogg and luncheon organiser Miss Sam Sandell
Pictured from left, Association deputy chairman Graham Middleton, Sir Henry Bellingham, associate chairman Elizabeth Nockolds, Jacob Rees-Mogg and luncheon organiser Miss Sam Sandell

Mr Rees-Mogg said it was not the first time he had visited the county.

He said: "I was invited to come by my wife's cousin who is a member of the local association so that's the link.

"It's lovely here. I actually spent the Millennium nearby with a family friend. I have very happy memories of being here."

The luncheon included a question and answer session.

Mr Bellingham said afterwards he did not agree with Rees-Mogg about replacing the Prime Minister.

"What Theresa May is proposing is a pragmatic exit that does the least possible damage to jobs. We had a grown-up discussion about one of the most important decisions in the country's post-war history," Mr Bellingham said.

The event was a triumph for Burnham ward borough councillor, Miss Sam Sandell, deputy association chair for finance and membership, who organised the main guest.

She said: "It was my very first fund-raising event and I'm very pleased with the result. It was well supported and we even had a waiting list."



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