Jacob Rees Mogg was at it today at Leader of the House questions, denouncing “socialist councils” for their “war on motorists” – by which he means bike lanes, Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods and encouraging active travel, which is meant to be something his Government supports.
He also denounced the West of England Combined Authority – despite it being the Tories who set it up – for “sucking money out of NE Somerset into Bristol”. As I pointed out, we are still waiting for funding from the Government for the Temple Quarter regeneration and improvements to transport infrastructure, such as the A4 corridor. His constituents work, shop, and take part in leisure activities in Bristol, and they contribute to congestion on Bristol’s roads. He ought to be getting behind efforts to improve the city-region, including making sure the West of England isn’t left out of the Government’s plans for “levelling up”. It’s no surprise, with an attitude like that, that the Tories lost the West of England mayoralty last week.