Jacob Rees-Mogg issues strict writing style guide to his new staff after being appointed Leader of the House

Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a strict writing style guide to his new staff, according to a leaked document. 

The new Leader of the House of Commons, appointed by Boris Johnson on Wednesday, has reportedly issued a list of banned words and a requirement to use imperial measurements.

According to the style guide, obtained by ITV News, Mr Rees-Mogg insists that all non-titled males are given the suffix Esq.

Meanwhile, words including “ongoing” and “hopefully” are banned.

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has banned certain words (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

In a call for accuracy he tells staff: “CHECK your work.”

The guidance was drawn up by Mr Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset constituency team some years ago.

However, it has now been shared with officials in his new office.

Other directions include a call for a double space after full stops and no comma after the word “and”.

A series of banned words and phrases that should not be used by his staff include: very, due to, unacceptable, equal, yourself, lot, got, speculate, meet with, ascertain and disappointment.

Staff should avoid “too many ‘Is”‘ in their writing also.

In correspondence, Mr Rees-Mogg will not be “pleased to learn” anything, he will not “note/understand your concerns” nor will he “invest (in schools etc)”, and the phrase “no longer fit for purpose” has been deemed no longer fit for purpose.

The Commons Leader’s office would not comment on the leaked document.

Asked on his LBC show about the ban on certain words, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “These are for my letters.

“This list was drawn up by my staff.

“And when you read through a letter you see something that says ‘it was very important’, but, probably not actually, it’s probably just important.

“‘Unacceptable’ is a dreadful, weasel word. Such an ugly word.

“It is used when people mean ‘wrong’ but they don’t have the courage to say so.

“The use of the words is to hide meaning rather than to elucidate meaning, and, therefore you should use words that elucidate meaning.”

Mr Rees-Mogg also stated he was no longer being paid to present the LBC phone-in programme because he had become a Government minister.

Additional reporting by PA. 


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