Catholic MP grilled over his views on gay marriage and abortion

039;Abort him': Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hardline views on abortion unleash wave of online criticism

The MP, who recently topped a ConservativeHome poll of Conservative party members as their preferred next prime minister, called speculation about the leadership 'all good silly season stuff.

Mr Rees-Mogg addressed a crowd of 100 activists in Westminster tonight - many of them youngsters who have signed up to the "Moggmentum" movement which has grown over the summer.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he again distanced himself from leadership talk, before being asked for his views on same-sex marriage, which he opposes.

"In a way you have a great deal more freedom to discuss issues from the backbenches because I'm not bound by collective responsibility", he added.

None of this should come as any surprise to anyone because Jacob Rees-Mogg's voting record clearly shows that he has consistently voted against equal gay rights, same sex marriage, as well as equality and human rights.

When asked whether he was in favour of same-sex marriage, which has been legal in the United Kingdom since 2014, Rees-Mogg said: "I'm a Catholic, I take the teaching of the Catholic church seriously. Life begins at the point of conception".

The MP said the "law is not going to change" but, when Piers asked for his "personal opinion", he said: "My personal opinion is that life begins at the point of conception and abortion is morally indefensible".

He added: 'I fully support Mrs May; I want her to remain leader of the Tory party'.

"I don't want to criticise people who lead lives that are different to mine, but equally I don't want to divert from the historic teaching of the Catholic Church".

"Jacob Rees-Mogg coming out something which would fit very very well in Pakistan, where if your daughter is raped, you are allowed to forgive the rapist and if you forgive the rapist then the daughter has no recourse to the law".

'Marriage is a sacrament and the view of what marriage is, is taken by the Church, not Parliament.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said Mr Rees-Mogg's were "wildly at odds" with public opinion.

Their head of policy research Katherine O'Brien said: "We are a pro-choice country, we have a pro-choice Parliament".

Brexit Secretary David Davis was supported by 15% of those who voted, but 19% ticked the "other" box in the 1,309-strong vote.

Mr Rees-Mogg was second favourite in the survey last month.

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