Jacob Rees Mogg today urged the Prime Minister to enlist the help of I’m a Celebrity winner Georgia Toffolo, 23, to reach out to young voters after meeting the star in Parliament.
The Tory darling said Downing Street would be ‘very wise’ to use the reality TV star as their new poster girl as she understands ‘how to reach a bigger audience’.
And Mr Rees-Mogg revealed that Ms Toffolo bashfully apologised for hailing him a ‘sex God’ after she was crowned Queen of the Jungle last year.
The Made In Chelsea star, who has been a Conservative Party member since she was a teenager, spoke to a string of top Tories as she visited Westminster today to film a show about Winston Churchill.
Mr Rees-Mogg told Mail Online: ‘I would certainly encourage the Conservative Party to benefit from her appeal as far as possible and take all the advice she is willing to give.
‘I think she has two million followers on Instagram and that is rather more than the Conservative Party sadly – indeed it is probably about 100 times what the Conservative Party has.’
Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo has met a string of top Tories in Parliament and was pictured outside No10 in Downing Street today as the Conservative try to reach out to younger voters
Ms Toffolo also chatted to new Tory MP Ben Bradley, who was yesterday made the party’s new youth Tsar, during her visit this morning.
The law graduate has been a member of the Conservative Party since she was a teenager and reportedly has set her sights on entering politics and being an MP one day.
And she threw her support behind Mr Rees-Mogg – backing him as a future Tory leader and hailing him a ‘sex God’ – when she left the jungle last month.
Mr Rees-Mogg said the reality star – who he was meeting for her programme on Winston Churchill – apologised for giving him the title as they met in the Palace of Westminster.
Asked about her colourful endorsement, he said: ‘She did mention that today, it was the first thing she said – she said “I’m sorry for calling you what I called you”.
‘I assured her that I was very flattered, it was a most unexpected thing to be called.
‘As I said at the time, she should have gone to Specsavers.’
Mr Rees-Mogg said that while the world of politics and celebrity appeared to be very different, MPs can actually learn a lot from television stars.
And he said he would ‘definitely’ encourage No10 to pick up the phone and get some tips from Ms Toffolo.
The ‘I’m a Celebrity’ winner was spotted filming with leading Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg – who she has hailed a ‘sex God’ – in the Houses of Parliament today
He said: ‘Downing Street would be very wise to seek her thoughts because she is clearly very professional.
‘You don’t get two million Instagram followers by chance and she has done Made in Chelsea and the I’m a Celebrity programme with great panache.
‘She has had an appeal to a wide range of people in both of those programmes and although politics and celebrity is very different, understanding how to reach a bigger audience is important.’
Mr Rees-Mogg said he thanked her for her ‘staunch support’ of the Conservative Party.
He said: ‘She has got the courage of her convictions and is extremely popular, and it is very important that the Conservatives have a broader appeal than we had in the last General Election.
‘And so I think her support is enormously welcome and valuable and something that Conservatives should be grateful for.’
She was also snapped chatting to new Tory MP Ben Bradley, who was yesterday made the party’s new youth Tsar after younger voters deserted them at the last election.
Meanwhile, she also had a brief chat with Mr Bradly, 28, who yesterday was promoted by the PM to become the party’s new lead on engaging young voters.
Mr Bradley, 28, who was elected MP for Mansfield in the June election, told Mail Online he went over to talk to Ms Toffolo in the hope she may work with him to help the Tories reach out to voters.
He said: ‘I just wanted to collar her about engagement with the party really – I know she has been involved as a member and activist for a long time and having been given my new role in the party for youth engagement I think she could play a role in that.
‘I just wanted to introduce myself and talk about it.’
He said he and his wife are ‘huge fans’ of I’m a Celebrity and were regular viewers of the last season.
He added: ‘She obviously has a huge platform and a great deal of popularity and we need those people in that regard.’
Young voters deserted the Tories at the last election and have thrown their support behind Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.