Jacob Rees-Mogg sparks online fury after House of Commons Leader posts about ...

JACOB REES-MOGG has come under fire after he defended the Government's plan to cut the foreign aid budget.

PUBLISHED: 15:02, Sat, Nov 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:11, Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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The Leader of the House of Commons said the “first duty of the British Government is to its subjects” after Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to slash overseas aid from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of gross national income (GNI). He tweeted to his more than 427,000 followers: “The first duty of the British government is to its subjects.

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“The Chancellor is providing £4billion of taxpayers’ money to support the economies of the midlands and the north this parliament.”

But furious Twitter users hit back saying the Tories “were not really interested” in working to help disadvantaged families in the UK.

One said: “The first duty of the British government is to its subjects: that's why disabled people are treated like s***, why we've had 70,000 excess deaths so far this year, & why since 2009, the collective wealth of Britain's richest 1,000 individuals has increased by £450BILLION.”

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Another tweeted: “The Tories are not really interested in 'levelling' when it comes to disadvantaged working class families.

jacob rees moggJacob Rees-Mogg was hit by backlash (Image: HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT LIVE TV)

jacob rees moggJacob Rees-Mogg spoke out over the foreign aid cuts (Image: TWITTER )

“You had to be publicly shamed by Marcus Rashford who organised real help with the generosity of the public and businesses to help feed children.”

One added: “‘The first duty of the British government is to its subjects.’ So why is it f** us over EVERY day?”

While others took aim at Mr Rees-Mogg for his description of British citizens as “subjects” and reminded him as an MP he “served” members of the public.

One posted: “We're citizens, not your subjects - you work for us, or at least you should.“I am not your government's subject Jacob. You are our servants. Governments should be afraid of their people, not the other way around. Your use of that word suggests you have ideas above your station.”

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jacob rees moggThe overseas aid budget has been slashed from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of gross national income (GNI) (Image: PA)

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Another told the Tory Brexiteer: “We are subjects when referred to by the monarchy.“YOU are actually OUR servants. You’d do well to remember that.”

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