Watch: Protesters storm the stage during Jacob Rees-Mogg’s speech at the National Conservatism conference
An anti-fascist activist stormed the stage during a speech by Jacob Rees-Mogg at the National Conservatism Conference.
Mr Rees-Mogg, the former Business Secretary, was only minutes into his speech at the London event when a man rushed onto the stage and began speaking into the microphone.
The protester told the audience: “I would like to draw your attention to some characteristics of fascism.”
He was then bundled off the stage and led away by security personnel to cheers from the audience.
Mr Rees-Mogg used his speech to criticize the government’s decision to scale back plans to scrap EU laws after Brexit.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s supporter said repealing EU laws so far was “pathetically underambitious”.
He said it was “very regrettable” that Rishi Sunak broke his promise, adding: “Surrendering to the blob risks exposing the government to ridicule.”
But Mr Rees-Mogg warned that it was “essential” to support the government because “the alternative is far worse”.
The National Conservatism Conference was organized by a right-wing American think tank to discuss the future of the Tory party.
The conference will present a new challenge to Rishi Sunak’s leadership following the party’s poor results in local elections, as a number of prominent Tory MPs are set to deliver speeches setting out their own visions.
Danny Kruger and Miriam Cates, two rising leaders of the Conservative Right, will reportedly urge the party to focus on core Tory issues such as lower immigration, tougher penalties and a return to family values.
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