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Rees-Mogg nephew pledged vote for Tory despite ‘not living in her constituency’

Health minister Nicola Blackwood removed a video of support featuring the Oxford University Conservative Association president William Rees-Mogg.

A Tory minister has been forced to take down an election video featuring the nephew of prominent Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg vowing to vote for her – despite him not living in her constituency.

Health minister Nicola Blackwood, who is defending her Oxford West and Abingdon seat, posted a clip on her Facebook page of William Rees-Mogg backing her campaign, although he is not a constituent, according to left-wing newspaper the Morning Star.

Mr Rees-Mogg, president of the Oxford University Conservative Association, says: “Hi there, my name is William and I will be voting for Nicola,” in the video, which has since been removed from the website.

A spokesman for Ms Blackwood said: “As soon as we were notified of an error by one participant in the video it was removed immediately.”

Ms Blackwood has held the pro-Remain seat since 2010, winning with a majority of more than 9,500 votes in the last election.

The Green Party has stood aside in favour of the Liberal Democrats in the constituency to offer a better chance of defeating the Conservatives.

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