Jacob Rees-Mogg’s embarrassing election defeat worsened by who he had to stand next to

By Staff

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg lost his seat in the new North East Somerset and Hanham constituency – with 15,420 votes compared to Labour’s 20,739 – but those at the count were slightly distracted by one of the other candidates

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Jacob Rees-Mogg loses seat to Labour

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg was one of the many high-profile Tories to lose their seat during a disastrous night for the Conservative Party as Keir Starmer celebrates a Labour landslide.

He was defeated by Labour’s Dan Norris in the new North East Somerset and Hanham constituency, who won 20,739 votes compared to Rees-Mogg’s 15,420.

But the 55-year-old Arch-Brexiteer’s embarrassing defeat was made even worse but who he ended up standing next to for the career-changing moment.

As the candidates took their places on stage ready for the results to be announced, Rees-Mogg found himself standing next to the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate – Barmy Brunch.

For the occasion, Barmy decided to wear a balaclava printed with a picture of baked beans. Naturally.

Barmy Brunch won 211 votes – 0.41%. Reform’s Paul MacDonnell won 7,424 votes while Lib Dems’ Dine Romero took 3,878.

Rees-Mogg – who won the seat in 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019 – congratulated both Mr Norris and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who he said he “led his party to what seems to be a historic victory”.

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He said: “May I begin by giving my warmest congratulations to Dan Norris, who has been a servant of North East Somerset or Wansdyke as it then was before and I am sure will be a devoted constituency MP in the future.

“And congratulate Sir Keir Starmer who has led his party to what seems to be a historic victory. And this is the great virtue of our democracy, so I congratulate both of them.”

He went on to thank his agent, campaign director and constituency staff who had “worked so hard over the last 14 years”.

He said: “And one final thought, from Caractacus Potts, and that is from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success. So thank you very much everybody, and good night.”

Caractacus Potts is one of the main characters in Ian Fleming’s novel and played by Dick Van Dyke in the film Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. The song, The Roses of Success, is featured in that film.

Mr Norris described defeating Sir Jacob as “Mogg-xit” and praised Sir Keir who he said had “transformed the Labour Party”.

He said: “I want to thank Mr Rees-Mogg because he has done a very good job in supporting his constituency until now, obviously. I understand exactly how that feels because Mr Rees-Mogg gave me that compliment some years ago and I’ve been able to return that.

“What I do not doubt about Mr Rees-Mogg is his genuine concern and care about the constituency and I want to honour that and reflect that tonight and thank him for that work. As I said to him earlier, when we were speaking, you carry a baton as an MP and you carry it for as long as you can and then you pass it to someone else and it happens to be my turn to take it back.”

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