Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon met in London on Thursday with Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative Member of Parliament and “a favourite among Conservative members to be the next party leader,” according to The Guardian.
Breitbart London Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam set up Bannon’s meetings with Rees-Mogg and other UK political figures, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, to discuss how the populist conservative movement can win in Britain.
Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart report in The Guardian:
Asked about the meetings, Kassam said: “Brexit and the election of President Trump were inextricably linked, so the discussions focused on how we move forward with winning for the conservative movements on both sides of the pond, how you build movements, on the ground and digitally, and what Steve’s brand of economic nationalism – which puts the interests of ordinary people first – can do in the US and United Kingdom.”
Rees-Mogg’s “Moggmentum” followers have attracted comparisons with the US Tea Party as they champion rightwing ideas, grassroots activism and shaking up the conservative establishment.
The Tory MP has previously expressed support for Trump but backtracked on that before the presidential election. In mid-September last year, he said that he would “almost certainly vote for Trump if I was American”.
Since the election, Rees-Mogg has developed a substantial following among Tory activists looking for their own populist leader to take on Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.
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