Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading candidate to take over from Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party, says he fully supports the Spanish Inquisition.

“It was a force for good,” said the North East Somerset MP.

“Unbelievers were questioned and punished if they did not repent their heresies.”

Rees-Mogg told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that abortion was “morally indefensible” and that he opposed same sex marriage.

“I am a Catholic and I take the teachings of the Spanish Inquisition seriously. They were very much against abortion and gay marriage.”

Activate, the new Tory youth movement, were rather perplexed. Their Twitter feed supported Rees-Mogg and their Facebook Group did not.

To support his views and to reach out to the electorate, Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted a Latin phrase from the Nicene Creed, which translates as ‘And I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.’ 

The Activate social media expert suggested adding the hashtag ‘#yolo’.

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