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LONDON – Jacob Rees-Mogg is now the favourite among Tory members to replace Theresa May, a survey of activists has revealed.
The poll by the Conservative Home website found that Mogg is now well ahead of his more senior rivals for the job, David Davis and Boris Johnson.
23% of party members backed Mogg, compared to just 15% for Davis and just 7% for Johnson.
Mogg has recently become a darling of party activists, particularly among its youth wing.
Yesterday, the Activate group, which is seeking to become the Conservative version of Labour’s Momentum movement, released a statement endorsing Mogg for leader.
“Enough is enough. @theresa_may must resign so we can build a movement behind @Jacob_Rees_Mogg,” the group tweeted.
The Conservative Home poll also found a majority of members want May to stand down before the next election. Over 60% said the prime minister should stand down either immediately, or before Britain goes back to the polls.
The findings come as Mogg prepares to address Tory grassroots activists at an event in Westminster this evening.
May is reportedly considering bringing Mogg into government in an attempt to thwart his appeal with activists. However, Mogg is unlikely to accept the offer if made.
One friend of the MP told the Telegraph: “If he were offered something purely to shut him up, there would be absolutely no point in him accepting it.