Labour's Todd Foreman says that 'Once again, Jacob Rees Mogg has shown how out of touch he is with the lives of ordinary people ....'
Having recently dismissed £250,000 as "chickenfeed", comments that were widely condemned, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg, commenting on a report from the Public Accounts Committee, described £35 million "trivial."
Todd Foreman, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset, responded:
"Once again, Jacob Rees Mogg has shown how out of touch he is with the lives of ordinary people by referring to a very large sum of money as "trivial." Elected officials charged with spending taxpayer money should take this duty very seriously. £35 million would pay the salaries of hundreds of nurses, teachers or child care workers. It is equal to the tax paid by many hundreds of hardworking people. Parliament has a serious role to play in scrutinising every penny of public spending and Jacob Rees Mogg is wrong to try to stop MPs from doing that. £35 million is a serious amount of money and residents of North East Somerset need to know their MP takes it seriously."