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Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has slapped down Sky News’ Beth Rigby after she made a private comment about him.

Ms Rigby was interviewing Mr Rees-Mogg on the launch of the Popular Conservatives group in London featured a speech from former Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Ms Rigby advised Mr Rees-Mogg: “For many people, you embody the elite, you went to Eton, you worked in finance, you are extremely well healed, you are part of the elite.

“Isn’t it ironic that you are talking about popular conservatism when you for many people will be an unreachable elite.”

In response, Mr Rees-Mogg mentioned: “I’m certainly not as elegantly healed as you are, but leaving that to one side I make no bones about it that I’ve had a very fortunate background, but the question is do you believe in the nation-state as the decider and legitimate body for making laws or do you believe it should be international.”

Mr Rees-Mogg added: “I believe in the nation-state, I am a Westphalian, I believe in the Westphalian settlement that it is the nation-state that is the legitimate body making my constituents the legitimate arbiters of power.”

During the interview, Mr Rees-Mogg mentioned his place on former president Donald Trump. He mentioned: “The reason I favour Trump is because he is a friend of the UK and Biden is a UK ‘disliker’.

“I am interested in how foreign politicians relate to my country not in what they’re doing in their domestic policy.”

Mr Rees-Mogg was current on the launch of the Popular Conservatives alongside former Prime Minister Liz Truss, GB News presenter Nigel Farage, and MP Lee Anderson.

Also current was the Conservative candidate for the Surrey constituency of Epsom and Ewell, Mhairi Fraser.

During her speech, Ms Fraser rallied in opposition to “nanny state” insurance policies she mentioned had been being pushed by present Prime Minister Rishi Sunak such because the smoking ban.

She claimed that point was “running out to deliver freedom” and mentioned the smoking ban would “create a ludicrous two-tier system where in years to come a 50-year-old man will be able to legally buy a packet of cigarettes, but his 49-year-old wife will not”.

Ms Fraser added: “It’s certainly not found in continued plans to ban multi-buy deals on sugary foods, meaning a grown adult can commit that cardinal sin of buying two packets of biscuits but cannot benefit from the lowest prices.”

While Ms Fraser additionally claimed these insurance policies had been immoral and ineffective she acquired one of many greatest applauses on the finish.

She was additionally crucial of the Covid-19 lockdowns. She mentioned they’d been “the greatest attack on personal liberties under peacetime conditions that this country has ever seen”.

She mentioned these lockdowns had been put in place “in return for very limited public health benefit”.

Ms Fraser later mentioned she believed that Donald Trump was “refreshing” and that Russia will not be “a natural enemy”.