Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the rise in food bank use is ‘rather uplifting’ and shows how ‘compassionate’ the UK is.
The increase in working families being forced to rely on emergency food parcels shows what a ‘good compassionate country we are’, said the multi-millionaire Tory backbencher.
When a caller on LBC radio pushed Rees-Mogg for his views on the surge in demand for food banks, he said: ‘I don’t think the state can do everything that it tries.
‘It provides a basic level of welfare, but on some occasions that will not work and to have charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens I think is rather uplifting and shows what a good compassionate country we are.’
He also claimed the surge in demand for food banks was down to the public now ‘know they are there’.
Rees-Mogg added: ‘The real reason for the rise in numbers is because people know they are there and Labour refused to tell them.’
He also dismissed rumours about becoming the next Tory leader, insisting ‘no one serious’ believed he would be a candidate.
Rees-Mogg, who came under fire for offensive and controversial comments on abortion and gay marriage, claims he fully supports Theresa May, saying there needed to be a period of consistent leadership as the country leaves the European Union.
On LBC Radio he said: “I have no wish to become leader of the Conservative Party. I’m fully supporting Mrs May.
‘I am completely backing Mrs May and no one serious thinks that I am a credible candidate.’