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Emily Maitlis was left shocked after Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg brushed apart her query at a post-election conservative convention earlier than repeatedly giving her the “cold shoulder”.

The former BBC Newsnight presenter approached the lately deposed North East Somerset MP after he spoke at Tuesday’s Popular Conservatism convention.

The occasion, entitled “Beginning to Rebuild”, was designed to have a look at why the Tories misplaced the July 4 General Election and the way they’ll bounce again from a humiliating drubbing.

In his speech, Sir Jacob warned that the social gathering might be out of energy for 30 years however referred to as for humility somewhat than despair.

He quipped that the Tories misplaced as a result of they have been neither common nor conservative, however quoted the well-known line from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: “From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success.”

Now fronting The News Agents podcast, Maitlis pointedly requested the previous enterprise secretary: “Why do you think the lesson of this election is to move further to the Right if the electorate has just told you they prefer the parties of the Left?”

Sir Jacob’s reply was temporary and to the purpose: “The parties of the Right got 11million votes. I think you’re ignoring that.”

When the presenter tried to ask a observe up query, he shot again and 11-word reply: “I have answered the question, you just didn’t like the answer.”

On a video clip posted on The News Agents’ X feed, Sir Jacob repeatedly refused to take additional questions from Maitlis and as an alternative answered questions from different journalists who had been “waiting patiently”.

At the tip of the tense change, Maitlis described the dialog as “extraordinary”.

In a chunk to digital camera, she added: “Jacob Rees-Mogg is visibly, usually, scrupulously polite.

“But today he was having very little of it. He didn’t want to answer questions about the ideology of the party, about why he felt it was important to take his party further to the Right given the message the electorate has just sent the Conservatives.

“He was very keen not to answer a single question today from The News Agents.”

On the podcast later, she went on to say: “I can’t tell you how odd that is, because Jacob Rees-Mogg is never normally one short of a moment to spend talking to journalists.

“There was a real reluctance to engage with me today, which I found just very odd, very curious.”

On X, The News Agents podcast stated the “usually talkative Jacob Rees-Mogg gives @maitlis the cold shoulder at a PopCon event”.