JACOB REES-MOGG braved the rain with his son Peter as he arrived to vote at his local polling station after being absent for most of the Conservative Party’s election campaign.
The Leader of the House of Commons did not let the bad weather deter him as he headed to the polls in the village of West Harptree this morning. He has served as Member of Parliament for North East Somerset since 2010
The last time Mr Rees-Mogg brought his 12-year-old son to a political event, they needed police escorts.
In October, the pair were subjected to shouts of “shame on you” and “traitor” from anti-Brexit protesters as they left Parliament.
Afterwards, Mr Rees-Mogg thanked the “dedicated officers” on Twitter.
He also apologised for taking up their time.
He tweeted: “Many thanks to the @metpoliceuk for their kindness in escorting me home with my son yesterday.
“We are lucky to be protected by such dedicated officers and I am sorry to have taken up their time.”
Mr Rees-Mogg has rarely been seen during the last few weeks of campaigning.
This may have been due to controversial comments about the people who died in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The Tory MP told LBC host Nick Ferrari that the victims would have survived if they’d have just ignored what they were told by London Fire Brigade.
He added that he would have left the building as “it just seems the common sense thing to do”.
Mr Rees-Mogg then did not attend the Tory manifesto launch at the Telford International Centre, despite other Cabinet ministers attending.
Meanwhile, members of the public have reportedly been leaving before casting their votes today due to long queues outside some polling stations.
Chris Schofield said more than 70 voters were waiting in the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency – some of whom gave up and left during his 20-minute wait, “presumably to go to work”.
“It’s about 20 times busier than it was in 2017, and for the locals and Euro elections,” the 27-year-old consultant told the PA news agency.
“Atmosphere is very London: orderly queueing and no-one is talking to each other!”
Several voters claimed they had never seen queues like it in years.
Asked why he thought there were so many queuing, Mr Schofield said: “I think it’s the election of a lifetime for many of us.”
In Bermondsey, south-east London, a burst water main caused deep flooding in the area, leading some voters to decide to leave and return later.
Graham Kings told PA: “I could have gone home and put wellington boots on and waded across the flooded road to try to get in, but had to go to work and so will vote this evening.”
Many members of the public said they were encouraged by the queues, suggesting it could mean a greater turnout than in the last general election.
Total turnout at the 2017 General Election was 68.8 percent.