Jacob Rees-Mogg had a private meeting with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in London on Thursday to talk about opening a chain of food banks in the UK.

Rees-Mogg, a favourite among Conservative members to be the next party leader, spent more than an hour at the meeting in a Mayfair hotel with Bannon.

“As the British economy goes down the pan,” said Bannon, “there will be tremendous opportunities in the UK for more food banks.”

The meetings were brokered by Raheem Kassam, the Breitbart London editor and former chief of staff to Nigel Farage.

“The discussions focused on what Steve’s brand of food banks can do in the UK,” said Kassam.

“As more and more people fall below the poverty line, the demand for food banks can only grow.”

Earlier this year, Rees-Mogg championed the idea of a UK food bank receiving a Michelin Star.

“Mr Bannon was an interesting man to have met” said the Conservative MP.

“He agreed that we must put Britain First.”

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