Tory manifesto launch: Where’s Jacob Rees-Mogg?

Tory manifesto launch: Where's Jacob Rees-Mogg?
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Boris Johnson has launched his party's manifesto in Telford this afternoon, joined by his Cabinet who were all confidently clapping away in the front row. All of them, that is, except for one Jacob Rees-Mogg. Eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted the conspicuous absence of the Leader of the Commons.

Mr Rees-Mogg has been keeping a low profile after committing the first major blunder of the election campaign. During a discussion with LBC's Nick Ferarri, the MP for North Somerset said that he thought that it would have been 'the common sense thing to do' for Grenfell residents to have ignored the fire brigade's advice and leave the burning building.

So is Mr Rees-Mogg currently grounded back in his native Somerset or was he simply watching from backstage?

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