Jacob Rees-Mogg mocked as 'physical embodiment of arrogance and entitlement' after photo goes viral

Jacob Rees-Mogg has sparked a furious backlash after he was pictured lounging across the benches of the House of Commons during a key Brexit debate.

Labour MP Anna Turley, who took the snap, said Rees-Mogg’s pose was “the physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament”.

It came during an acrimonious debate on Brexit that ended with Boris Johnson losing a vote that allows a cross-party group of MPs, including a swathe of Tory rebels, to hijack the Commons agenda and legislate to block no-deal.

Labour MP: 'The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament.'

Mr Rees-Mogg is among those demanding the UK leaves the EU on 31 October, regardless of whether a deal has been reached or not.

During the debate Mr Rees-Mogg claimed those supporting the emergency motion were “Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves” and warned that Parliament should not undertake the role and functions of the executive.

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The picture has sparked widespread reaction from MPs, some of whom reportedly shouted “sit up” at him.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said Mr Rees-Mogg’s body language was “so contemptuous of this House and of the people”. Addressing him directly in the Commons, Ms Lucas said: “For the benefit of Hansard, the Leader of the House has been spread across around three seats, lying out as if that was something very boring for him to listen to tonight.”

Labour MP Karl Turner said that as a “working-class bloke”, he had never felt such a “sense of entitlement”.

Madeleine Moon branded it symbolic of a “twisted old Etonian belief in divine right to rule”.

More MPs waded in as Ms Turley’s tweet went viral.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who has been MP for North East Somerset since 2010, was educated at Eton College and is renowned for his upper-class mannerisms.

He is the son of William Rees-Mogg, a former editor of The Times, who was made a life peer in 1988.

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