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‘Future prime minister’ Jacob Rees-Mogg spotted in Canterbury

PUBLISHED: 14:43 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 17 August 2017

Jacob Rees-Mogg in Canterbury. Photo: Charlie Mower

Jacob Rees-Mogg in Canterbury. Photo: Charlie Mower

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The Conservative MP’s visit sparked a mixed reaction on social media

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP tipped by many to become the next leader of his party, was spotted in Canterbury on Thursday.

The backbencher, who has represented the North East Somerset constituency since 2010, was snapped talking to shoppers in the high street around lunchtime and is understood to be something of a regular visitor to the city.

In 2007, he married Helena de Chair at Canterbury Cathedral, while his mother-in-law, Lady Juliet Tadgell, lives at the swanky Bourne Park estate just outside the city.

Mr Rees-Mogg has developed something of a cult following among Tory supporters in recent weeks, and is fancied by some to be a possible future occupant of Number 10.

Bookmakers rate the Brexiteer as fifth favourite to become the next prime minister, behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow Tories David Davis, Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond.

When asked last weekend whether he’d one day like to lead the Conservatives he said he “couldn’t possibly speculate” on his future plans.

The reaction to Mr Rees-Mogg’s arrival among local politicans was typically mixed, however, with Conservative council leader Simon Cook saying it was “nice to hear” of his visit, but recently-elected Labour MP Rosie Duffield tweeted: “wonder if he’s lost?”

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